SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Those who live life in a wheelchair or use a walker to get around now fear California lawmakers and regulators may make their lives more difficult.
Disability advocates gathered in a crowded Capitol hearing room where a committee discussed how potential changes to the state’s building codes.
The state architect’s new proposed standards would decrease access to restaurant seating, limit parking and even eliminate accessible routes to buildings. Critics say it will make the lives of the disabled harder.
The state’s Building Standards Commission’s plan considered rewriting disability access rules that apply to all public buildings, streets and sidewalks, as well as buildings open to the public. the state architect says it will help clarify accessibility regulations for businesses and all changes will meet or exceed current Americans with Disabilities Act standards.
But disability advocates say some changes are vague and will lead to lawsuits.