By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Sun
House lawmakers voted 38-20 Thursday to curb the ability of the disabled and their advocates to sue businesses for violations of laws requiring accessibility.
SB 1406 is designed to end what has become a cottage industry of litigation as a small group of attorneys has filed suits against businesses over violations but then agrees to settle for some cash payment, whether or not the problem is fixed.
There were so many lawsuits pending at one point that Attorney General Mark Brnovich interceded and convinced a judge to consolidate them, eventually getting them thrown out. SB 1406 is designed to deal with future litigation.