CAMPBELL (CBS SF) – A new bill from a Bay Area lawmaker would ban separate girls and boys aisles for toys and other children’s products in stores.
Assembly Bill 2826 from Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Campbell) was introduced in the California Legislature last week. The proposal would require that children’s products be offered in a single, gender neutral section and prohibit separated girls and boys aisles.READ MORE: Knife-Wielding Man In Custody Following Standoff With Police in South San Jose
“Keeping similar items that are traditionally marketed either for girls or for boys separated makes it more difficult for the consumer to compare the products and incorrectly implies that their use by one gender is inappropriate,” Low’s bill states.READ MORE: Fremont Woman Killed in New York After Being Shoved In Front of Approaching Subway Train
If passed, the bill would apply to children’s clothing, toys, and childcare items in all retail department stores with 500 or more employees. Retailers would face a $1,000 civil penalty for violations.
It was not immediately clear when AB2826 would be considered by legislators.MORE NEWS: COVID: Unions Push Back On State Guidelines Allowing Health Care Workers With Coronavirus To Return To Work
The proposal would go into effect in 2023.