LANSING, Mich., May 24, 2023 — State Rep. Lori M. Stone (D-Warren) hosted a press conference today to announce the reintroduction of “Liam’s Law,” legislation that aims to expand accommodations and accessibility by requiring adult-sized changing tables in most public bathrooms.
“I’m introducing this legislation again, because it is of paramount importance to provide access to necessary accommodations that are required in public areas,” Stone said. “Without these accommodations, caregivers and those who need them do not have access to the same conveniences as the general public, and we need to change this so that they are universally included.”
House Bill 4649 requires access to adult-sized, height-adjustable changing tables in public restrooms across Michigan, so those who are disabled and cannot safely use the current standard accessible restrooms would be able to experience full community inclusion.
“Michigan must be a state where no one’s needs are ignored or forgotten, including our neighbors living with disabilities,” Stone continued. “These safe, convenient tables provide the accommodations required to protect our neighbors from harm, while respecting their health and privacy. Today, we start moving toward making this a more inclusive state for all of us — where everyone is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.”
This legislation would apply to certain buildings or structures constructed after Jan. 1, 2024 or renovated after Jan. 1, 2025 that serve 1,500 or more persons per day. Applicable facilities may include state-owned buildings, exhibition or entertainment venues, museums and libraries, parks and zoos, airports, bus stations, interstate rest stops, schools, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers.