Pittsburgh City Council gives early approval for baby-changing tables in men's and women's bathrooms

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Pittsburgh City Council gave preliminary approval today to a bill that would require baby-changing tables in both men and women's bathrooms in public buildings.

Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak said the bill would give the city's director of operations, Duane Ashley, the responsibility of working with city department heads to install the baby-changing tables, which cost between $150 and $200 each.

The council clerk was not immediately available for an official vote tally.

Ms. Rudiak said she was inspired to write the bill after a friend with a child came to the City-County Building but could not find a bathroom in which to change a child's diaper.

Her office surveyed some public facilities and constituents and discovered that many parents resort to changing children on the floors of bathrooms and portable toilets.

"The McDonald's are more accessible to parents than the City-County Building and that's wrong," she said.

The requirement would only apply to city-owned buildings open to the public. Fire stations, for example, would be excluded.

The bill will be up for a final vote Monday.

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Moriah Balingit: mbalingit@post-gazette.com, 412-263-2533 and on Twitter: @MoriahBee. First Published July 31, 2013 12:45 AM


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