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Clean School Bathroom Bill Goes To Davis

Schools would have to maintain clean and operational restrooms or face the loss of state maintenance funds under a bill that´s headed for Governor Davis´ desk.

The state Senate gave the measure final approval today, voting 23-10 to accept Assembly amendments to the bill.

The author, Senator Kevin Murray of Culver City, says school restrooms are often dirty, malfunctioning and lack soap, toilet paper and paper towels.

Under the bill, schools would have to keep restrooms operational, clean and stocked with toilet paper, soap and paper towels or functioning hand dryers. Schools would also have to keep restrooms open in most instances.

School districts that failed to meet the bill´s requirements could lose state-deferred maintenance money.