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California Governor Signs Bill Giving Time For ADA Fixes

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(AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is backing legislation that could cut the number of lawsuits against businesses over technical violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Democratic governor announced Tuesday that he signed SB269.

The measure gives businesses with fewer than 50 employees time to fix violations after they're pointed out, among other protections.

Republican Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen of Riverbank says business owners shouldn't spend time fighting "predatory lawsuits."

The bill responds to complaints that businesses face a barrage of lawsuits over minor ADA violations that don't impede access for people with disabilities.

The measure was opposed by disability rights organizations, because it would apply to nearly all businesses.

Brown vetoed a similar bill last year because it would have also provided tax credits to help businesses improve ADA compliance.