Playgrounds at fast-food restaurants will have to meet strict cleaning standards if a bill approved Tuesday by the Senate becomes law.
AB1513 would require restaurants to devise policies for keeping those brightly colored plastic jungle gyms as germ-free as eating areas.
Assemblyman Mike Allen, D-Santa Rosa, was inspired to write the bill by an Arizona mom who has been on a cross-country mission to clean up dirty fast-food play structures.
Her group, Kids Play Safe, says it found high levels of bacteria at California fast-food playgrounds.
If the bill becomes law, fast food restaurants will have to inform parents how regularly they clean their playground structures.
The bill passed the Senate 25-12. It moves to the Assembly for concurrence.