(3/18/19) Frustrated fathers fighting for changing tables in men’s restrooms could soon see more of them in Arkansas.

Senate Bill 443 would require them in new construction of public buildings, including restaurants, theaters, laundromats, banks and sports arenas.

Places like the state Capitol already have diaper changing stations in both the women’s and men’s restrooms.

A dad on the House side, St. Rep. Lee Johnson, R-Greenwood, and a mom on the Senate side, St. Sen. Breanne Davis, R-Russellville, are working to make Arkansas more family friendly. 

“The family structure looks so different these days,” Davis said. “There’s single dads, there’s working moms, there’s a lot of different moving parts to younger families. It’s just important that dads aren’t changing diapers on the floor of the men’s bathroom.”

The measure passed the Senate last week. The House will have to approve it before it heads to the governor’s desk.

New York is the only state with a similar law, while others are currently debating it.