Bathroom Bill of Rights

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Retail customers with certain medical emergencies would be allowed to use employee-only restrooms under a bill working its way through the Michigan Legislature.

The bill would apply to customers who are pregnant, have Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel diseases or any other medical condition requiring immediate access to a bathroom.

The state House passed the bill Wednesday. The measure now heads to the Senate.

Supporters say the bill would provide comfort and security to people afraid of going shopping because of the sudden need to go to the bathroom.

Opponents worry some retailers might have to add staff to accommodate the provision.

A customer would have to offer a statement signed by a doctor.


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  • by Sean Location: Jackson on Oct 5, 2007 at 01:13 AM
    Please tell me this is a joke!
  • by LegallyRad Location: Lansing on Oct 4, 2007 at 04:11 PM
    wow... i have never heard of anything more ridiculous in my life. laughable!
  • by Randy Location: Grand Rapids on Oct 4, 2007 at 07:20 AM
    What in hell are wrong with the brains of our lawmakers in Lansing that they need to spend all their time over outrageously foolish things like this. And I suppose Governor Granholm and Democratic cronies who are responsible for the tumultously high tax rate increase and luxury tax on services will do everthing they can do to sign it into law. WHAT A WASTE OF TAXPAYER MONEY!!! We sure are getting blown away as Granholm promised!!!!
  • by John Location: Lansing on Oct 4, 2007 at 05:16 AM
    Public restrooms are hard to find? What about people with small children who said they did not have to 'go' until the trip was well under way. Employee only bathrooms are just that, imagine the insurance liabilty and the lawsuits. I am guessing there are many employee only bathrooms that are not clean, ADA compliant, or in an area safe to access, i.e. back of a shop etc. I am sure there will also be woudl be theives lurking about with forged notes from their mommies (doctors) stating they have to use the restroom on a moments notice. This legislation is yet another big waste of time from folks that still have a budget to craft. In case you are wondering I have a very close family member with Chron's and we manage just fine when we are out.
  • by David Location: MI on Oct 4, 2007 at 04:12 AM
    Aren't there more important things to be legislating in Lasning such as putting the finishing touches on the state budget? I didn't elect my officials to make laws so people can go potty!
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