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SAN ANTONIO (March 5, 2020) — Today in A Session, City Council voted to approve an amendment to the Unified Development Code to require baby changing stations accessible to all in places of public assembly, an initiative led by Councilman Peláez.
“Parents – men and women alike – should not have to choose between taking a child home, delaying a diaper change, or changing one on unclean surfaces such as the floor or the hood of a car. Requiring public facilities to have safe, sanitary, and convenient changing stations puts an end to that unfair choice and prioritizes a dignified, equitable, and hygienic experience for San Antonio families,” said the Councilman. “One of the key priorities of the 2020 budget is to support strong, healthy families, and the passage of this initiative does just that.”
“Being a family establishment, the Los Barrios restaurants are thankful for Councilman Peláez’s leadership on this issue making it so that all families have access to the safe and sanitary accommodations they need to care for their children,” said Louis Barrios.
In April 2019, the Councilman filed a Council Consideration Request that proposed an ordinance to require baby changing stations in new and existing buildings in San Antonio. After the consideration was reviewed and the ordinance was drafted in a subcommittee, the Development Services Department made the recommendation to incorporate the ordinance language in the Unified Development Code.