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A08367 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A8367

TITLE OF BILL:  An act to amend the civil rights law, in relation to
diaper changing accommodations in certain buildings

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

To provide equal access to diaper changing tables in restrooms in
public buildings regardless of the gender for which the restroom is
designed.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 adds a new section 79-o to the civil rights law to require
that any public building shall provide diaper changing accommodations
regardless of the gender for which the restroom is designed, and
establishes that this provision applies to restrooms constructed or
substantially renovated on or after the effective date of the law. It
also requires compliance with laws regarding access for persons with
disabilities and with existing fire, health, and safety standards.

Section 2 establishes that the act shall take effect immediately.

JUSTIFICATION:

This legislation would correct an inequity in New York State law that
does not require equal access to diaper changing tables for all
genders in restrooms in public buildings. There is a misguided
perception, held by many, that changing tables are only a necessary
accommodation in women's restrooms, which makes it very difficult in
many cases for fathers to find a suitable place to change their
child's diaper.

By requiring public buildings to provide equal access to changing
tables, this legislation would make it easier for men to find a place
to change their child's diaper and remedy an often overlooked inequity
in our state's laws.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.
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