• April 22nd, 2024
  • Monday, 09:03:54 AM

Ortiz’s Bill to Improve Basic Access for People with Disabilities Moves Forward


 

State Representative David Ortiz, D-Littleton. (Photo: Colorado House Democrats)

The Colorado House passed legislation on April 11, on a 45 to 17 vote, to bolster basic access at places of public accommodations for people with disabilities. The legislation is sponsored by Rep. David Ortiz, D-Littleton and Sen. Robert Rodríguez.

 

“Coloradans living with a disability should be able to visit and enjoy the restaurants, museums and retail stores in their community without having to worry about whether they’ll be able to navigate the space,” said Rep. David Ortiz, D-Littleton. “This legislation empowers Coloradans living with a disability by allowing them to pursue legal action if a public accommodation space is not accessible. I’m committed to making our public places more accessible and accommodating so they can be enjoyed by everyone.”

 

HB23-1032 ensures that individuals with a disability have legal recourse if they are discriminated against by any place of public accommodation. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act National Network, places of public accommodation include restaurants, theaters, doctors’ offices, pharmacies, hotels, retail stores, museums, libraries, amusement parks, private schools and day care centers. HB23-1032 aims to improve accessibility for all Coloradans.