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H.R. 5147 (114th): BABIES Act


The text of the bill below is as of Apr 29, 2016 (Introduced).


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114th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5147

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 29, 2016

(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

A BILL

To amend title 40, United States Code, to require that male and female restrooms in public buildings be equipped with baby changing facilities.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Bathrooms Accessible in Every Situation (BABIES) Act.

2.

Baby changing facilities in male and female restrooms in public buildings

(a)

In general

Chapter 33 of title 40, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by redesignating sections 3314, 3315, and 3316 as sections 3315, 3316, and 3317, respectively; and

(2)

by inserting after section 3313 the following new section:

3314.

Baby changing facilities in male and female restrooms

(a)

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.

(b)

Exceptions

The requirement under subsection (a) shall not apply to—

(1)

a restroom in a public building that is not available for public use; or

(2)

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.

(c)

Definition

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.

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(b)

Clerical amendment

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.

3315. Delegation.

3316. Report to Congress.

3317. Certain authority not affected.

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(c)

Applicability

The requirement under subsection (a) shall apply—

(1)

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

(2)

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.