Whether you like Obama or not, you can’t argue that the guy did run on the promise of change — and last week he proved it. The Dad-In-Chief just signed the Bathrooms Accessible In Every Situation Act, legislation that requires federal buildings to have changing tables in both men’s and women’s restrooms. Because the worst part of bringing a baby to the post office should just be bringing a baby to the post office.
The law is adorably referred to among lawmakers as the BABIES Act (making it that much harder to vote against) and is a long time coming. Last year, a month after fellow father Ashton Kutcher asked “Dude, where’s my changing table?” New York state Senator Brad Hoylman proposed a similar bill, which would mandate changing tables in new and/or recently renovated pubic buildings in New York. That one is still in committee, which allowed Rhode Island Democratic representative David Cicilline’s bill in the House Of Representatives to beat New York to the punch on the federal level.
Since everyone makes babies, the bill received bipartisan support and was signed into law on October 7, 2016. It’s important to note that this only applies to public buildings, so hitting your favorite restaurant with a citizen’s arrest will only make things weird. Still, it includes federal office buildings, post offices, courthouses, the DMV, and plenty of other places where you’re already having a bad day without adding a kid with diaper rash to the equation. Hopefully that restaurant will still follow suit.
[H/T] The Huffington Post