Senate Committees Approve Grayson’s Bills Supported By Advocates For People With Disabilities

June 20, 2018 16:00 pm · 9 comments

Two of Assemblymember Tim Grayson’s (D-Concord) bills supported by advocates for people with disabilities were passed unanimously during their respective Senate policy committee hearings.

The first bill, AB 3002, requires local government agencies that issue building permits to provide resources on compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other disability-related regulations at the time permits are issued.

After the bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, Assemblymember Grayson said, “As a small business owner myself, I know that too often people are unaware of the intricacies of disability access laws when constructing or modifying their public facilities. This bill will proactively get critical information into the hands of business owners before construction begins. With better guidance from the moment they apply for permits, businesses can get it right the first time and make sure their facilities are accessible and avoid lengthy litigation and expensive modifications.”

The second bill, AB 3223, which passed the Senate Education Committee today, improves Individualized Education Program (IEP) standards from Standard English Braille to Unified English Braille. “This bill updates the education code to bring it more in line with what is already happening in California and across the country. It’s critically important that our visually impaired students are being given instruction in the new, unified standards being used in English-speaking countries around the world,” Assemblymember Grayson said.

Unified English Braille is designed to make Braille quicker, easier, and more efficient for visually-impaired English speakers to use regardless of which country they live in.

AB 3002 is supported by a number of disability advocacy organizations including Disability Rights California, Association of Regional Care Agencies, and the Foundation for Independent Living Centers. The bill proceeds to the Senate Appropriations Committee for further consideration.

AB 3223 is also supported by Disability Rights California as well as the California Council of the Blind and the California School Board Association. The bill proceeds to the Senate floor.

Simonpure June 20, 2018 at 6:08 PM

Take down your campaign signs. Your yard sale is over.

Nunya June 20, 2018 at 6:30 PM

As long as illegal aliens are here hurting Americans we are all disabled.

#NoMoreIllegalAliens

Pony June 20, 2018 at 6:33 PM

A couple of his bills I can actually support

Silva June 21, 2018 at 7:28 AM

If they can’t get out of their car or get the rest of the way to your business, you didn’t need them anyway!

Blind guy June 21, 2018 at 9:27 AM

Interesting, a businesses prime objective is to……..attract more customers

Silva June 21, 2018 at 8:29 PM

Blind guy, that was originally a snide response to some person who stated that if he wasn’t making any disabled parking available at his business, because if they could drive to it they could just use a regular parking spot. I guess the comment was pulled. 🙂

Patriot June 21, 2018 at 7:34 AM

Scott Johnson is laughing his ass off. Compliance with ADA doesn’t matter under a system that allows Scott to sue you with a frivolous claim which always results in a settlement because small businesses can’t afford the $500,000 it takes to fight it in court.

Then of course, there is always the fact that there is no Safe Harbor, no way to comply and so Scott can sue you over and over again until you are broke if you piss him off.

Liberals are amazing in that they are very willing to ignore the truth. From proclaiming there are more than 2 genders to Al Gore’s laughable apocalyptic global warming prediction (12 years ago) that we only have 10 years to save the planet. Liberals are truly amazing. Dangerous too.

Tammy June 21, 2018 at 8:33 AM

My father is handicapped and he doesn’t drive. I am not handicapped but when I take him to the doctor or anywhere it is so much easier to have a large space so that I can get him into his wheelchair. It is very difficult to get him in the car and out of the car. I pray someday you don’t have to experience caring for or need ahandicapped space yourself.

Simonpure June 21, 2018 at 8:34 AM

The minimum number of accessible parking spaces required depends on the total number of parking spaces in the lot. Furthermore, one of every six accessible parking spaces, or fraction of six, must be “van-accessible.” For example: A parking lot with 400 total spaces needs eight accessible spaces, and two of those eight spaces must be van-accessible

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