Friday, July 06, 2012

SB 1186-ADA Lawsuits/ Volunteers in Medicine

Americans with Disability Lawsuits have been a problem for many small businesses around the state. Senator Feinstein has sent a letter to Speaker Pro Tem Daryl Steinberg asking him to address this.

In response Senator Steinberg has introduced SB 1186. There is a lot of misinformation out there on this. Many believe that this prevents litigation giving the business owner time to correct the problem. This provision has been deleted from the legislation.

What it does do is prohibit an attorney from issuing a demand for money to a building owner or tenant. It also requires a commercial property owner to state on the lease or rental agreement if the property being leased has been inspected is CASp inspected. For more information go to

FYI on Tuesday I was appointed to the California Commission on Disability Access. See below.

I think you all know that I am Vice Chair of Volunteers In Medicine

and Cofounder of Clinic by the Bay

in SF. Volunteers in Medicine has surveyed its 84 eligible clinics about the impact they are having in their community. 74 responded and the results were that VIM provides free health care to 95391 patients with 362758 patient visits in 2011. A total of 11,193 people volunteer at the clinics. These are all free clinics and take no government money

Hope you had a great 4th.

Scott Hauge


Small Business California

2311 Taraval Street

San Francisco, CA 94116


Steinberg Announces Rules Appointments

(Sacramento) – State Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg is announcing the following appointments made by the Senate Rules Committee:

Scott G. Hauge, a Democrat from San Rafael, has been appointed as a member from the business community to the California Commission on Disability Access. Hauge is a president of CAL Insurance and Associates. He is also founder and president of Small Business California, co-founder and vice-president of Clinic by the Bay, and a member of the boards of Volunteers in Medicine and the Pacific Business Group on Health. His term on the commission ends January 1, 2014.

The purpose of the commission is to publish a biennial report on the state of disability access compliance by the public and private sectors, and study and make reports to the Legislature on the following: (1) issues regarding compliance with state laws and regulations that are raised by persons with disabilities or businesses; (2) determine if public and private inspection programs are meeting the needs of both the business and the disability community; (3) determine if existing training and continuing education requirements are working to provide sufficient knowledge of the state and federal disability access laws and regulations; and (4) determine if training and continuing education requirements should be enacted for landscape architects, professional engineers and contractors.

from the fund; review plans for new and expanded vehicle recreation areas that have applied for grant funds; review and comment on the strategic plan developed the division pursuant to Section 5090.32; and to prepare a report on the program every three years.


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