H. R. 5147
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 29, 2016
Mr. Cicilline (for himself, Ms. Brown of Florida, Mr. Cárdenas, Ms. DeLauro, Mr. Farr, Mr. Hastings, Mr. Honda, Mr. Kilmer, Ms. Jackson Lee, Ms. Lee, Mr. Ted Lieu of California, Mrs. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, Mr. McDermott, Ms. Meng, Mrs. Napolitano, Ms. Norton, Mr. Polis, and Mr. Ryan of Ohio) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
To amend title 40, United States Code, to require that male and female restrooms in public buildings be equipped with baby changing facilities.
This Act may be cited as the
Bathrooms Accessible in Every Situation (BABIES) Act.
Baby changing facilities in male and female restrooms in public buildings
Chapter 33 of title 40, United States Code, is amended—
by redesignating sections 3314, 3315, and 3316 as sections 3315, 3316, and 3317, respectively; and
by inserting after section 3313 the following new section:
Baby changing facilities in male and female restrooms
Additional Requirement for the Construction, Alteration, and Acquisition of Public Buildings
Except as provided in subsection (b) and subject to any reasonable accommodations that may be made for individuals in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. 12101 et. seq.), male and female restrooms in a public building shall be equipped with baby changing facilities that the Administrator determines are physically safe, sanitary, and appropriate.
The requirement under subsection (a) shall not apply to—
a restroom in a public building that is not available for public use; or
a restroom in a public building that contains clear and conspicuous signage indicating where a male or female restroom is located within the same section or corridor of such public building.
In this section, the term
baby changing facility means a table or other device suitable for changing the diaper of a child age 3 or under.
The analysis for such chapter is amended by striking the items relating to sections 3314, 3315, and 3316 and inserting the following:
3314. Baby changing facilities in male and female restrooms.
3316. Report to Congress.
3317. Certain authority not affected.
The requirement under subsection (a) shall apply—
in the case of a public building constructed, altered, or acquired by the Administrator of General Services on or after the date that is 1 year after the date of the enactment of this section, beginning on that date; and
in the case of a public building not described in paragraph (1), beginning on the date that is 2 years after the date of the enactment of this section.