Proof we need ADA reform

A recent Associated Press article highlighted a a disabled lawyer who had filed more than 1,000 lawsuits alleging violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Filing lawsuits demanding up to $2,000 to $6,000 for ADA violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act only serves to cause businesses to close, wiping out jobs, while doing little to increase access. Abuse of the ADA creates a cottage industry for a small band of plaintiffs who file thousands of cases merely to extract money rather than to increase access.

The Governor and Legislature must restore balance to our civil justice system by passing laws that close the loophole that permits the filing of such lawsuits. Providing access for all is a goal everyone can share, and by reforming our legal system, we can make significant progress toward that goal.

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