Massachusetts lawmakers have proposed a bill that would require paper toilet seat covers in all public bathrooms throughout the state. According to the MetroWest Daily News, that bill will be weighed by the joint Public Health Committee today.

"I think it's just a good public health measure," said bill sponsor state Rep. Kay Khan, D-Newton. "And who knows how things get transmitted....You just don't know with all the diseases going around these days."

According to state Department of Public Health spokeswoman, Donna Rheaume, the state has no existing regulations regarding the paper covers.

The state admits that they are unaware of what paper covers would cost facility owners and renters, or if sitting directly on a dirty toilet seat poses any medical risks, but it is the opinion of some lawmakers that the thin sheets of paper will provide peace of mind.

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