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Diaper-changing bill gets clean approval in House panel

SANTA FE — A bill that would move New Mexico toward a future day in which dads would have no excuse not to participate in diaper-changing duties is on the move at the Roundhouse.

Members of the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee voted 5-0 on Tuesday to advance House Bill 205, which is aimed at having diaper-changing facilities in both men’s and women’s bathrooms in stores, libraries and other public places.

This year’s legislation has been scaled back from previous proposals that generated questions about the possible cost burden on businesses.

In its current form, the bill would not apply to existing bathroom facilities — it would only affect public restrooms built in future years.

Rep. G. Andrés Romero, D-Albuquerque, the legislation’s sponsor, says it’s an inconvenience for parents with young children not to have easily-accessible baby-changing facilities.

The bill now goes to the House Health and Human Services Committee.

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