'Diaper Bill' Would Require Changing Stations In Public Buildings

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — As a mom, State Sen. Rebecca Rausch noticed that only women's bathrooms have a station to change your baby, and sometimes, that's left men with fewer options for changing a diaper.

"I had one dad tell me he had to change his daughter's diaper on a bar, because there was no changing station in the men's room at that particular establishment!" she told WBZ NewsRadio's Kevin Coleman.

To avoid those types of messy situations, she's introduced a bill that would provide changing stations in public buildings across Massachusetts.

"The diaper bill is a pretty simple bill that solves a pretty big problem, not just for residents but also for anybody visiting the Commonwealth," she told WBZ NewsRadio's Kevin Coleman. "It would require all public accommodations and public buildings that are newly constructed or undergoing any kind of substantial renovation to install accessible diaper changing stations, regardless of sex, gender, or disability."

Sen. Rausch detailed the feedback she's gotten so far about the legislation.

"I've heard nothing but positive support for it, and frankly it's not very expensive to implement," she said. "It can be done for as little as just a couple hundred bucks."

WBZ NewsRadio's Kevin Coleman (@KevinColemanWBZ) reports

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