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.

Crisis care: The new mental institutions

Sonoma County has a chronic shortage of psychiatric hospital beds. As as a result, a growing number of mentally ill residents are ending up in local emergency rooms and in the jail system. A four-part series, run on four consecutive Sundays, examines the causes and ramifications of the current state of the county’s mental health system, and the people who are impacted the most.

Aug. 6 — Hospitals: The closure of two psychiatric hospitals in Sonoma County has left a gaping hole.

Today — Jail: The Sonoma County Jail has become the largest psychiatric treatment facility in the county.

Aug. 20 — Solutions: Sonoma County explores ways to improve services to people suffering from severe mental illness.

Aug. 27 — Your response: Readers share their stories about Sonoma County's mental health system.

Ongoing coverage: www.pressdemocrat.com/crisiscare

Share your story

We want to hear about your experience with local psychiatric emergency services. What do you do when you or a loved one faces a mental health crisis? Have you or a loved one sat in a hospital bed waiting to be transferred to an out-of-county psychiatric hospital or other mental health facility? Have you or a loved one received psychiatric services in the Sonoma County Jail’s mental health unit? Please send a brief account of your experience to Martin Espinoza at martin.espinoza@pressdemocrat.com.