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State Senate OKs Allen bill on clean playgrounds

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.


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