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Lawmakers push for equal opportunity diaper changing

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Derek Drake) -- Dad's on diaper duty, mom is shopping!

Lawmakers in California are working to give mom a break from diaper changes when in public.

Two new bills have cleared the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee last week that would ensure equal access to infant changing tables for men and women in public places.

According to the author of SB 1358, Sen. Lois Wolk (D-Davis), her bill would mandate movie theaters, restaurants and other businesses to have the diaper changing stations in men's restrooms.

Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) authored the second bill, SB 1350, that would make changing tables accessible to both sexes, but does not mandate where the changing stations go.

Both bills clearing committee have bi-partisan support.

"I think that all men's restrooms should have a changing table," stay-at-home mom, Kristin Today told Southern California Public Radio. "I always tell him it's half their kid and they should be doing the diapers just as we do."

Today said she does the bulk of the diaper changing during the week, but on weekends, it's dad's turn. She said he has to get creative while their out and changing stations aren't available in the men's restrooms.

Senators heard similar stories during hearings on the two bills last week. Some men who testified said they had to change diapers on dirty bathroom floors or on their lap while they sat on the toilet.

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