Bill Targets Cleanliness of Restaurant Playgrounds
The Senate recently passed a bill that requires strict cleaning standards for play areas found at fast-food restaurants. According to the Associated Press, AB1513 would require restaurants to devise policies for keeping those brightly colored plastic jungle gyms as germ-free as eating areas.
California Assemblyman Mike Allen was inspired to write the bill by an Arizona mom who has been on a cross-country mission to clean up dirty fast-food play structures. Her group, Kids Play Safe, says it has found high levels of bacteria at California fast-food playgrounds, which are currently unregulated.
If the bill becomes law, fast food restaurants would be required to display, or provide on request, a record of the playground’s maintenance policy and inspection record. Signs must also be posted prohibiting customers from taking food into the playground structures.
The bill passed the Senate 25-12, with some Republicans voting no. It moves to the Assembly for concurrence.
Additional information on this bill can be found here.