One California lawmaker is pushing a bill that allows more potty parity for parents.
Senate Bill 1350 would require any new or renovated business that installs baby changing tables in women's restrooms to do the same in men's restrooms.
The legislation aims at responding to changing roles in families, as more men are becoming involved in the care of the children. Currently there is no state or federal law requiring businesses to install changing tables in their restrooms. Some businesses voluntarily make the changing stations available.
"We're hearing from men up and down the state that have had horror stories in terms of where they change their children," bill co-sponsor state Sen.Ricardo Lara, D-Los Angeles, said. "Some of them on the floor of the men's restroom. Some of them in the backseat of their cars when it's very hot. And some of them on the trunk of their car. And so we think it's fair. This is a bill that creates parity on multiple fronts.
"We don't make it a mandate: we are working with our businesses to ensure that when they are refurbishing their restrooms and if they are gonna include a baby-changing station in the women's restroom, they should in the men's as well."
As for costs, Lara estimated the changing tables costing businesses $60 to $33.
Critics of the idea see it as an example of government imposing a costly regulation on businesses.
The legislation heads to the Assembly this month