(1) Existing law establishes and imposes on state and local agencies various requirements relating to the acquisition, construction, and renovation of public buildings.
This bill would require new construction or
renovation, as specified, renovation of a public building, as specified, that is owned by a state or a local agency, or a portion of a building that is owned by a state or local agency and includes at least one restroom that is open to the public, to provide on each floor level containing one or more restrooms that are accessible to the public at least one safe, sanitary, and convenient baby diaper changing station, as
specified. The bill would require each station to be maintained, repaired, and replaced as necessary to ensure safety and ease of use, and to be cleaned with the same frequency as the restroom in which it is located. By imposing a higher level of service on local agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
(2) Existing law, the California Retail Food Code, establishes uniform health and sanitation standards for retail food facilities and provides for the enforcement of those standards by local health agencies and by the State Department of Public Health, as specified. Among other sanitation standards, the code requires a permanent food facility to provide clean toilet facilities in good repair for consumers, guests, or invitees if the food facility was constructed after July 1, 1984, and has more than 20,000 square feet of floor space. A violation of these provisions is a crime.
This bill would require a permanent food facility, as specified, to provide a clean baby diaper changing station in good repair for consumers, guests, or invitees. By creating a new crime and by imposing a higher level of service on local health agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
(3) Existing law also requires publicly and privately owned facilities where the public congregates to be equipped with sufficient restrooms to meet the needs of the public at peak hours.
This bill would require various facilities, including a theater, sports arena, or library, to install and maintain at least one baby diaper changing station if the facility is open to the public, as specified.
(4) The bill would set forth findings and declarations stating that ensuring that safe, sanitary, and
convenient baby diaper changing stations are widely available throughout the state is a matter of statewide concern.
(5) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that with regard to certain mandates no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
With regard to any other mandates, this bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs so mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.