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Streamlined regulations flushes potty parity law

Saying the 1992 law known as "potty parity" is no longer needed, the House Health and Human Services Committee voted Wednesday to flush it off the books.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Ana Rivas Logan, R-Miami, repeals the requirement that when buildings are built or remodeled in Florida they must include three womens toilets for every two for men. It was enacted in response to long waiting lines at women's restroom in public facilities during public events -- such as football games. Since then, the state has incorporated the International Plumbing Code into the state building code which sets the number of toilets for the expected public use and size of a facility -- usually two female toilets for every one male.

During the meeting, potty jokes flew. Rep. Janet Cruz, D-Tampa, warned Logan: "Do you realize you may miss an entire quarter of a football game if you repeal this?”

Rep. Ari Porth, D-Coral Springs, asked: "Is it important to you to wipe this law off the books?"

Logan agreed and the bill was passed.