The bills, which recently passed the state's senate and assembly
chambers with broad support, would have modified existing state laws
to ensure public places, such as movie theatres and shopping malls,
have baby changing tables in both mens's and women's restrooms.
"At a time when so many have raised concerns about the number of
regulations in California, I believe it would be more prudent to
leave the matter of diaper changing stations to the private sector,"
"This may be a good business practice, but not one that I am
inclined to legislate," he added.
One of the bills would have required local and state-owned buildings
and public venues to build or renovate at least one bathroom so that
both sexes could access a changing table, according to the
The other would have forced building owners to create an equally
accessible changing station whenever constructing a new bathroom or
making major renovations to an existing one, the website said.
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"I will continue to recognize the growing role of fathers in raising
their kids, and celebrate the amazing California dads and their
dedication to their children," said Democratic Senator Ricardo Lara,
the sponsor of one of the bills, in a statement.
(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco, editing by Louise
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