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The City of West Hollywood applauds the California State Legislature for passing Senate Bill 1194 Public Restrooms: Building Standards (SB 1194 – Allen), which would allow for gender-neutral multi-stall bathrooms in cities that choose to adopt such an ordinance.

“Today is an incredible and historic day!” said City of West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tempore Sepi Shyne. “I was proud to co-sponsor the City of West Hollywood’s multi-cabin gender-neutral bathroom ordinance, which made us the first city in the United States to mandate fairness and safety. in access to bathrooms for people with disabilities who have opposite-sex caregivers, our transgender, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming siblings, and gay and single parents of children of the opposite sex. worked with Senator Ben Allen and his team, my fellow council member John M. Erickson and our city legislative team to help guide SB 1194 through the Legislature California is now the first state in the nation to give local control cities to make the same choice as West Hollywood.

“SB 1194 highlights the critical work being done by the City of West Hollywood to strengthen our commitment not only to the LGBTQ community, but also to people with disabilities and people with children of the opposite sex who all want to make it easier to use restrooms,” said West Hollywood City Councilman John M. Erickson. and that enables businesses to continue their commitment to creating open and safe spaces for all. I am extremely grateful to Senator Ben Allen for drafting this important legislation, to the co-authors and supporting organizations, and proud to originally presenting this article here in West Hollywood with my colleague, Mayor Pro Tempore Sepi Shyne.

In 2014, the City of West Hollywood was the first city in California to require single-cabin restrooms to be designated gender-neutral/all-gender. In 2016, the California State Legislature followed suit by approving Assembly Bill (AB) 1732. On May 3, 2021, the West Hollywood City Council approved a Object to direct staff to prepare an order requiring newly constructed public accommodations and those undergoing substantial renovations to incorporate gender-neutral multi-cabin bathrooms.

As City of West Hollywood staff worked to prepare the ordinance for submission to the West Hollywood City Council for review, it was discovered that the California building code did not permit such construction. To address this issue, it was determined that legislation was needed to change current governance codes so that cities wishing to require bathrooms to include gender-neutral stalls could do so.

On February 17, 2022, Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) introduced SB 1194. On Tuesday, August 30, 2022, the California State Senate approved the bill by a vote of 70 to 0, after it passed by the California State Assembly on Monday, August 29, 2022 in a 54-0 vote. Governor Newsom is expected to sign the bill allowing cities to adopt the new regulations for gender-neutral multi-stall bathrooms by passing ordinances. Additionally, and to provide additional discretion to communities, cities may exclude certain occupations from the requirements of the bill. The full text of the bill can be viewed on the California State Legislative Information website.

The City of West Hollywood and the City of Santa Monica were primary sponsors of Senate Bill 1194 Public Restrooms: Building Standards (SB 1194 – Allen); Equality California, the Los Angeles LGBT Center and The [email protected] Coalition were the sponsors; and ACLU California Action and Disability Rights California supported the bill.

For more information on the City of West Hollywood’s efforts regarding SB 1194, please contact Hernán Molina, Government Affairs Liaison for the City of West Hollywood, at (323) 848-6364 or [email protected] .org. For those who are deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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Norman D. Briggs