Council advances bill to add diaper-changing tables in men’s restrooms

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Ordinance 15-38 was signed by Mayor Caldwell on Aug. 14, 2015.

A new bill that would affect parents is moving forward in the Honolulu City Council.

Bill 45 would require businesses to install diaper-changing tables in restrooms for both men and women.

The bill unanimously passed a second reading before the full council Wednesday and now goes to a committee for review.

Councilman Trevor Ozawa introduced the bill after realizing a need while with his baby girl at a restaurant.

“It was just me and my daughter at a function and I had to change her diaper. I asked the waiter, ‘Where do I go to change her diaper?’ He said in the restroom, but I’m going in the men’s restroom and there was no baby changing station,” he said.

The measure would require the installation of diaper changing stations at new establishments or those that undergo significant renovations.

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