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File #: 19-0385    Version: 0 Name: Gender-Inclusive Single-User Restrooms
Type: Ordinance Status: Enacted
File created: 4/29/2019 In control: City Council
On agenda: Final action: 6/15/2019
Enactment #: 19-265
Title: Gender-Inclusive Single-User Restrooms For the purpose of requiring that certain single-user restrooms in Baltimore City be made available to all individuals regardless of gender; requiring that certain single-user restrooms use gender-inclusive signage to identify the restroom; defining certain terms; establishing certain penalties; and providing for a special effective date.
Sponsors: Zeke Cohen, Sharon Green Middleton, Ryan Dorsey, Robert Stokes, Sr., Bill Henry, Kristerfer Burnett, John T. Bullock, Shannon Sneed, Mary Pat Clarke, Brandon M. Scott, Edward Reisinger
Indexes: Gender Inclusive Single-User Restrooms
Attachments: 1. 19-0385~1st Reader, 2. Finance 19-0385, 3. DGS 19-0385, 4. BCPSS 19-0385, 5. Law 19-0385, 6. Health 19-0385, 7. 19-0385~3rd Reader, 8. Complete Bill File 19-0385
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsVideo
6/17/20190 Mayor Signed by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/11/20190 City Council Approved and Sent to the Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/13/20190 City Council 3rd Reader, for final passage  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/9/20190 Education and Youth Committee Recommended Favorably with AmendmentPass Action details Meeting details Not available
5/2/20190 The City Council Refer to Baltimore City Public School System  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/2/20190 The City Council Refer to Dept. of Human Resources  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/2/20190 The City Council Refer to Dept. of Finance  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/2/20190 The City Council Refer to City Solicitor  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/2/20190 The City Council Refer to Dept. of General Services  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/2/20190 The City Council Refer to Dept. of Health  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/29/20190 Education and Youth Committee Scheduled for a Public Hearing  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/29/20190 City Council Assigned  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/29/20190 City Council Introduced  Action details Meeting details Not available

Explanation: Capitals indicate matter added to existing law.

[Brackets] indicate matter deleted from existing law.

 

                     * Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.

                     The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.

                     Introductory*

 

                     City of Baltimore

                     Council Bill          

                                                                                                                                                           

Introduced by: Councilmember Cohen                                                                                             

 

 

                     A Bill Entitled

 

An Ordinance concerning

title

Gender-Inclusive Single-User Restrooms

For the purpose of requiring that certain single-user restrooms in Baltimore City be made available to all individuals regardless of gender; requiring that certain single-user restrooms use gender-inclusive signage to identify the restroom; defining certain terms; establishing certain penalties; and providing for a special effective date.

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By adding

Article - Health

Section(s) 17-101 through 17-106, to be under the new title,

“Title 17.  Public Restrooms”

Baltimore City Revised Code

(Edition 2000)

 

By repealing and reordaining, with amendments

Article 1 - Mayor, City Council, and Municipal Agencies

Section(s) 40-14(e)(7) and 41-14(6)

Baltimore City Code

(Edition 2000)

 

Section 1.  Be it ordained by the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, That the Laws of Baltimore City read as follows:

 

                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baltimore City Revised Code

 

                     Article - Health

 

Title 17.  Public Restrooms

 

§ 17-101.  Definitions.

 

(a)  In general.

 

In this title, the following terms have the meanings indicated.

 

(b)  Gender-inclusive signage.

 

“Gender-inclusive signage” means a sign identifying a restroom that does not indicate a specific gender, such as “Restroom,” “Bathroom,” “Toilet,” or a  symbol indicating the restroom’s availability for use by any individual regardless of gender.

 

(c) Place of public accommodation.

 

“Place of public accommodation” has the meaning stated in State Government Article, § 20-301 {“‘Place of public accommodation’ defined”}.

 

(d) Public single-user restroom.

 

(1)  “Public single-user restroom” means a single-occupancy restroom for public use with at least one water closet and with an outer door that can be locked by the occupant.

 

(2)  “Public single-user restroom” does not include:

 

(i)  any private restroom in a residence, apartment, hotel, or hospital; or

 

(ii)  a restroom only accessible from a private room or office.

 

§ 17-102.  {Reserved}

 

§ 17-103.  Requirements for single-user restrooms.

 

Any public single-user restroom in a commercial or industrial establishment, a place of public accommodation, or a City-owned or -occupied building must be:

 

(1)  made available for use by individuals of any gender; and

 

(2)  identified with gender-inclusive signage.

 

§ 17-104.  {Reserved}

 

 

 

 

§ 17-105.  Enforcement by citation.

 

(a)  In general.

 

In addition to any other civil or criminal remedy or enforcement procedure, this subtitle may be enforced by issuance of:

 

(1)  an environmental citation under City Code Article 1, Subtitle 40 {“Environmental Control Board”}; or

 

(2)  a civil citation under City Code Article 1, Subtitle 41 {“Civil Citations”}.

 

(b)  Process not exclusive.

 

The issuance of a citation to enforce this subtitle does not preclude pursuing any other civil or criminal remedy or enforcement action authorized by law.

 

(c)  Each day a separate offense.

 

Each day a violation continues is a separate offense.

 

§ 17-106.  Criminal penalties.

 

(a) In general.

 

Any person who violates any provision of this subtitle is guilty of a misdemeanor and, on conviction, is subject to a fine of not more than $500 for each offense.

 

(b)  Each day a separate offense.

 

Each day that a violation continues is a separate offense.

 

Baltimore City Code

 

                     Article 1.  Mayor, City Council, and Municipal Agencies

 

Subtitle 40.  Environmental Control Board

 

§ 40-14.  Violations to which subtitle applies.

 

(e)                     Provisions and penalties enumerated.

 

(7)                     Health Code

 

 Title 17:  Public Restrooms                     $100

                     

 

 

 

 

 

Subtitle 41.  Civil Citations

 

§ 41-14.  Offenses to which subtitle applies - Listing.

 

(6)                     Health Code

 

Title 17:  Public Restrooms                     $100

 

Section 2.  And be it further ordained, That the catchlines contained in this Ordinance are not law and may not be considered to have been enacted as a part of this or any prior Ordinance.

 

Section 3.  And be it further ordained, That this Ordinance takes effect on the 90th day after the date it is enacted.