North Bay Lawmaker’s Bill Targets Fast-Food Restaurant Playgrounds

SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) — Playgrounds at fast-food restaurants will have to meet strict cleaning standards if a bill approved by the Senate becomes law.

AB1513 would require restaurants to devise policies for keeping those brightly colored plastic jungle gyms as germ-free as eating areas.

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 Santa Rosa Democrat’s bill becomes law, fast food restaurants will have to inform parents how regularly they clean their playground structures.

The bill passed the Senate 25-12 Tuesday, with some Republicans voting no. It moves to the Assembly for concurrence.

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