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Legislation Requires Baby-Changing Tables

SF Board of Supervisor Katy Tang.

SAN FRANCISCO—Legislation written to expand the quantity of restrooms-both men and women, installed with diaper-changing tables was introduced on Tuesday, December 13 by San Francisco Board of Supervisor Katy Tang.

President Obama signed the legislation, “Bathrooms Accessible for Babies in Every Situation Act” or the BABIES Act, on October 7, specifically mandating that federal buildings with public restrooms be equipped with diaper-changing tables. According to Congress, the following situations would be considered “inapplicable:”

Tang plans to require all city buildings in San Francisco to have baby-changing accommodations. Buildings with appropriate tables will be required to provide them in men’s restrooms as well as gender-neutral restrooms if applicable.

Current San Francisco legislation requires new businesses to have diaper-changing tables, as well as businesses undergoing major renovations. Tang plans to enforce the requirements through the Planning Department in compliance with the Department of Building Inspection.

In a statement Tang said, “This proposed legislation goes beyond just providing a convenient and sanitary place for parents to change diapers. I hope this new law causes us to question and break down existing stereotypes about child care,” said Tang in a statement.

The city of Philadelphia recently passed a bill that requires baby changing tables in public restrooms.

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