Calderon Legislation Requiring Baby Diaper Change Tables in Restrooms Accessible to Both Men and Women Passes Assembly Business and Professions Committee
SACRAMENTO, CA – Assembly Bill 1127, a measured authored by Majority Leader Calderon and Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia requiring baby diaper changing stations be installed in men’s and women’s restrooms in restaurants, department stores and other frequently visited public buildings and businesses in California, was approved by the Assembly Business and Professions Committee today.
“As an expectant father, I want to ensure that our state’s public health polices adapt to support the evolving needs of all Californians and their families,” said Majority Leader Calderon. “Diaper changing tables are not readily accessible at all venues, and are even less available to men. AB 1127 will ensure that both moms and dads have a safe, sanitary place to change their baby.”
According to a 2013 study on modern parenting conducted by the Pew Charitable Trusts, parenting responsibilities are more equally distributed between partners than ever before, with fathers spending triple the amount of time with their children now than in 1965. Additionally, the number of single father households has increased about ninefold since 1960, from less than 300,000 to more than 2.6 million in 2011. AB 1127 recognizes that the family unit is changing, and seeks to rectify any inequities in the accessibility of diaper changing stations.
AB 1127 would require buildings owned by a state or local agency, as well as public venues such as restaurants, movie theaters and grocery stores, to provide at least one diaper-changing table available to both women and men. This requirement will apply to all new construction and any restroom renovations that exceed $10,000. Local building inspectors or a local permitting entity will enforce the requirement as part of their existing inspection process.
AB 1127 is consistent with federal action taken last October, when President Obama signed the “Bathrooms Accessible in Every Situation (BABIES) Act,” requiring that male and female restrooms in public federal buildings be equipped with baby changing facilities.
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Majority Leader Ian C. Calderon was elected in November 2012 to represent California's 57th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Industry, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, La Puente, Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, Whittier and the unincorporated communities of Avocado Heights, Bassett, East La Mirada, East Whittier, Los Nietos-West Whittier, South San Jose Hills, South Whittier, and Hacienda Heights.