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Gregoire Signs Bathroom Access Bill

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Kennewick, Wash. - Not having a bathroom available when you need one is a challenge many people face. now there's a new law to change that.

Many of us may take for granted what it's like to have a bathroom nearby. But for people who always have the need to go, a toilet is something they desperately need access to.

That's why Governor Gregoire has just signed a bill into law which requires better access to people with bowel problems. Each person who qualifies will get an ID card from a doctor or nurse. If a business doesn't have a public restroom, the customer will show the card, and be allowed in the employee's bathroom.

Doctors across the state who are in support for the bill signed a petition in favor of the bill.

"People have urgency, frequency, pain, bleeding, diarrhea, serious G.I. track symptoms and situations that require immediate access to bathrooms. If they don't have that when they're in the public, they can't go into the public."

Pearl Jam Guitarist Mike McCready who suffers from Crohn's disease, testified for the bill earlier this year.

Business must have 3 employees or more for customers to use the private restroom.