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Arizona diaper changing station bill put on hold

Posted at 5:56 AM, Mar 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-05 07:56:54-05

Supporters of a bill that would require many public restrooms in Arizona to have a changing station for both babies and adults hope it finds a path forward.

HB2529 would require new public restrooms, and public restrooms that undergo a renovation more than $10,000, to have a changing station that can serve both a baby and adult.

The bill passed through the Health and Human Services Committee but has stalled out in the Rules Committee.

Committee Chairman, State Representative Anthony Kern, issued a statement Monday.

“While I support the goal of HB 2529, more information is needed on its fiscal impact before I’m comfortable with the House Rules Committee considering it," Kern said in a statement. "I also generally don’t believe that government mandates are good policy.”

Among those who are hoping the bill finds new life are mothers like Marianne Scott, who has a 17-year-old daughter with cerebral palsy. Scott says finding a place to change a diaper is often very difficult and requires the use of the bathroom floor.

"Even some of my closest friends weren't aware that we have to do this," Scott said. "That when we leave our house we have to really figure out where we're going to change her."

Scott told ABC15 a rally in support of the bill is scheduled for Wednesday morning outside the State Capitol.