Bathroom Bill of Rights

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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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