PHILADELPHIA – Today City Council passed a bill that would require all City buildings and facilities with bathrooms open to the public have baby diaper changing stations, including City Hall, recreation centers, libraries, pools, and more.
Currently, baby changing tables are not required by state or federal law. Though common in women’s restrooms, very few men’s restrooms are equipped with changing tables, making it logistically difficult for a father or male guardian to adequately care for his child. The legislation, introduced by Councilwoman Cindy Bass (8th District), will require the installation of changing tables in both women’s and men’s restrooms in City buildings, making civic participation more friendly and welcoming for active moms and dads alike.
“Modern families require modern amenities. Parenting responsibilities are more equally shared than ever before, and it’s time that our public buildings catch up to that trend. Local government represents all City residents, even our little ones,” said Councilwoman Bass.
“Maternity Care Coalition is thrilled with Councilwoman Bass’ legislation, as it shows her commitment to making Philadelphia a great place to raise a family. This is the beginning of what we hope will be more family-friendly and family-focused legislation for the City of Philadelphia,” said Sara Jann, executive associate at MCC.
The bill also requires that diaper changing stations be installed or maintained in connection with every major renovation or new construction project that the City undertakes involving capital monies.
“I want to thank Commissioner Greenwald and Commissioner Ott Lovell and her staff for their valuable input as we work to get the City’s own house in terms of making our facilities more family-friendly and accessible to all,” stated Councilwoman Bass.
The bill amends Chapter 16-300 of the Philadelphia Code, Maintenance and Supervision, by adding a new section titled “Baby Diaper Changing Stations in City Buildings and Facilities.”
Councilwoman Cindy Bass represents the 8th Council District, which includes Germantown, Mt. Airy, Nicetown, Tioga, Chestnut Hill, portions of Logan, and West Oak Lane. She is Chair of Council’s committees on Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and Public Health and Human Services. More info at www.phlcouncil.com/CindyBass
View video of the November 16, 2016 hearing of Council’s Committee on Public Health in which Sara Jann of the Maternity Care Coalition states their support for this legislation.