Newly constructed bathrooms at rest stops, gas stations, and other buildings will be required to install baby changing stations in their restrooms, under a bill that is on its way to passage after being approved by the NJ Assembly Appropriations Committee.
The bill requires at least one changing station in both the men’s and women’s bathrooms of buildings being constructed, or of existing buildings that are doing extensive renovations or remodeling of its bathrooms.
Besides for rest stops and gas stations, the bill applies to buildings used for social, recreational, or religious functions, stores or buildings where goods are sold to the public (supermarkets, retail stores, etc.), as well as buildings owned by the state or local government.
The legislation also requires the Department of Community Affairs to set aside $500,000 to assist in the cost of installing baby changing stations in buildings to which the law applies, and calls on the Commissioner of Community Affairs to set regulations concerning the law, including where the stations will have to be placed and regarding signs pointing to the changing stations.
An identical bill in the Senate is waiting to be heard by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.