House committee approves clean restaurant play area legislation

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SPRINGFIELD - An Illinois House Committee has approved a measure that would require restaurants to clean play equipment at least once a day.

The Consumer Protection Committee passed the legislation in a 9-7 vote on Tuesday.  The bill will now move to the full Illinois House of Representatives for consideration.

According to State Representative Michelle Mussman, the legislation is necessary to protect children and parents from illness, as she says the play areas in restaurants are "ripe" for germs.  

However, the measure is seeing some opposition in the House, as State Representative Norrie Hammond says there's no guarantee of the play areas remaining clean throughout an entire day of use, even with daily cleanings.  Illinois Retail Merchants Association general counsel Tanya Triche also opposes the bill, stating that it would be impossible for restaurants to follow the requirements set in place by the proposed law.
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