Bathroom bill opens new doors as it passes in the Senate

By Kirsten Nielsen

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Senate passed legislation Thursday to ensure that people with medical conditions can use employee restrooms when public ones are not available.

Senate Bill 137 passed with a vote of 34-15.

Supporters of the bill say that having this assurance for people with diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome or Crohn’s disease means they won’t have to fear having accidents in public. Emotional distress from public embarrassment will no longer be an issue.

However, opponents of the bill, such as Sen. Rick Niemeyer, R-Lowell, say that most people are granted access to the restroom in most businesses.

“I don’t think it’s another regulation we need,” said Niemeyer.

SB 137 now goes to the House for consideration.

Kirsten Nielsen is a reporter with, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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