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Bill Would Require New Public Restrooms Be Built With Diaper-Changing Stations

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California lawmakers are considering a bill requiring new public restrooms be built with diaper-changing stations. That goes for places like department stores and restaurants, and for women’s and men’s restrooms.

Backers say that’s needed, moms aren’t the only ones who change diapers. Susanna Conaway, a Berkeley mother of two, says parenting is evolving, even if restrooms don’t always reflect that.

“It seems obvious to have facilities where the fathers can participate in diaper changing," says Conaway. "I mean it didn’t used to be like that because it was pretty-much all on the mom, but those times have changed.”

The proposal passed the state Assembly last week, and now heads to the Senate. A similar bill was vetoed in 2014 by Governor Jerry Brown, who said he had concerns about increasing regulation in California.

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Daniel Potter

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Daniel Potter started out as an intern at Nashville Public Radio, where he worked as a general assignment reporter for six years, covering everything from tornadoes to the statehouse.   Read Full Bio 

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