California lawmakers, in a bid to let dads play a bigger parenting role in public, are pushing for baby-changing tables to be installed in men’s restrooms. They say the changes reflect shifting family dynamics, though the plan was criticized as yet another costly regulation on businesses. The 2 bills that would require businesses to give men equal access to baby-changing tables in their restrooms cleared the California state Senate Transportation and Housing Committee on Tuesday. Currently, there is no federal or state law requiring buildings to provide changing tables in their bathrooms, and any business that does so installs them voluntarily.
But one sponsor, Democratic state Sen. Ricardo Lara, said the effort is a “common sense approach” to fix the problem of unequal access to changing stations.
“As the demographics of the modern American family evolve, traditional gender roles with women as the primary caregiver for the children are changing, and men are becoming more and more involved in the care of their young children,” he told FoxNews.com in a statement. “There are also a growing number of same-sex households with children. The bill also ensures that public facilities for changing babies’ diapers are equally available to both men and women.”
So using the smokescreen of stay at home dads, what this really comes down to is the far left’s crazy catering to same sex couples, who we know can’t scientifically have kids, but must adopt.
Lara’s bill would require that if a business chooses to install a baby-changing station, it must be accessible to both men and women.
The other bill, sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Lois Wolk, is more strict. It would require changing stations in men and women’s restrooms in new restaurants, movie theaters, shopping centers and other public and private buildings. It would also require they be installed during renovations that cost over $50,000.
No wonder this country has gone to hell, with this type of thinking. “Ordering” businesses to make it so.
The new law says that building inspectors would be required to enforce the changing tables mandate as part of their normal inspection process. Businesses that fail to do so would face a fine.
Wolk cites a 2013 study that found parenting responsibilities are becoming more equally distributed between partners and that fathers are spending triple the amount of time with their children than they were in 1965. She claims changing tables provide a more comfortable and sanitary environment for parents and children, and should be available to everyone.
However, Wolk’s bill raised concern with at least one Republican lawmaker, who noted that the mandate would apply to thousands of businesses in the state.
No one knows just how much this asinine idea will cost businesses. Isn’t this just another attempt at government overreach, mandating a baby changing room in the mens’ room? Hell, change their diapers at home, changing rooms aren’t needed for men or women.