Thursday, March 21, 2013

NY State Restroom Access Act - The Ally's Law

 WE NEED YOUR HELP to pass the NY State Restroom Access Act, a bill that will allow people with qualifiable medical conditions, like IBD, access to employee restrooms in businesses.

“The Restroom Access Act” is also known as "Ally's Law," so named for Ally Bain, a teen that was spurred to action after she experienced an IBD-related accident. Ally was denied access to an employee-only restroom while shopping. Ally was instrumental in getting the first version of the Restroom Access.

The Restroom Access Act is a law passed in several states that requires retail establishments that do not have public restrooms to provide access to employee-only restrooms to patrons in need. This can include people who have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), pregnant women, and those who have other chronic conditions.

The Restroom Access Act has been passed in a total of 13 states - Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin and Washington. The act has been passed in these states largely as result of grassroots efforts. There is support for a federal version of the act, and several other states have similar laws currently in the works.

On January 5, 2011, bill A83B-2011 was introduced by Assemblywomen Amy Paulin (88th District) but at the end it failed due to some wording issues.

It was also co-sponsored by State Senator Roy MacDonald, but since he lost the elections

Therefore, we're looking for a new Sponsor/Co-Sponsor, so, If your State Senator is Republican or Independent Democrat (find yours here, 
CALL THEIR OFFICE NOW and ask them to co-sponsor this bill (A5099-2013 - See below) ) with Assemblywoman Paulin!

If you think you can or know someone who can help us out achieving this, please contact us.

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