By Bob Katzen

This bill would require all restaurants to have at least 5 percent of their seating options be armchairs. Or have armchairs on-site and available upon request.

“We must continue to make areas where members of the public frequent handicap accessible,” said sponsor Sen. Joan Lovely (D-Salem) who filed the bill at the request of a constituent. “Individuals with disabilities that hinder their mobility, muscle strength or coordination run the risk of slipping or falling off some types of chairs. Armchairs not only provide support for those who need assistance rising or sitting down, they also inhibit people from falling once seated. I am pleased to have filed [the bill] on behalf of my constituent to improve safety for our handicapped residents and ensure they can continue to enjoy social outings at food establishments.”

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