- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - A bill has been introduced in New York City that could soon force businesses to convert some of their bathrooms to gender-neutral facilities.

The legislation was introduced Thursday by Council Member Daniel Dromm.

The proposed bill changes the wording of some city codes to remove regulations that require plumbers to create separate washrooms for each sex.

The law would mainly require businesses to change the signage on single-occupancy restrooms. It does not affect multi-stall lavatories.

Comptroller Scott Stringer, whose office helped craft the bill, has said businesses would essentially only need to purchase a sign to comply with the law.

The legislation comes after a city report found transgender people experience harassment in public bathrooms.

The regulations would go into effect about four months after the bill is signed.

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