- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California businesses would have time to fix violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act without facing penalties under a bill advancing in the Legislature.

SB251 is the latest effort to rein in what one senator called predatory attorneys who threaten lawsuits against non-complying businesses.

It would give businesses 15 days to fix signs and 90 days to fix other problems before ADA challenges could begin.

Sen. Richard Roth says his bill will also give businesses training and compliance assistance, including a tax credit up to $5,000 for improvements.

The Senate passed it unanimously Wednesday, sending it to the Assembly.

That chamber passed a bill a day earlier that would make state loans available to businesses to comply with ADA laws. AB1230 now heads to the Senate.

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