Arizona House Advances ADA Cure Period Bill

Published: Friday, April 14, 2017 - 8:04am

The Arizona House voted Thursday to make it more difficult for people with disabilities to sue businesses for violations stemming from the Americans with Disability Act.

The bill is intended to stop lawyers from suing businesses over ADA violations, then settling for cash payments, regardless if the violation is fixed. The bill was supposed to be a compromise between the business and disability communities.

It allowed 30 days to fix a problem before a lawsuit could be filed. But language was tacked on, saying an actual fix doesn’t have to be made during that time if a business presents a “corrective action plan” if a permit is needed.

Some lawmakers were unhappy with that.
"And I think it is wrong for us to be giving cure times to businesses to a law, a federal law, that has been in place for 27 years," said Democrat Kristen Engel.  

Engel was also concerned that businesses would not fix violations until someone filed a complaint.

Republican JD Mesnard said he doubted businesses would be flippant, but said he would revisit the issue if it became a pattern.

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