O'Malley Signs Bill To Help Locals Living With Crohn's Disease - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

O'Malley Signs Bill To Help Locals Living With Crohn's Disease

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Maryland businesses will soon start allowing people living with a delicate disease to use their restrooms.

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) signed into law the "Restroom Access Act". It allows those living with inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn's disease, to have easier access to bathrooms in restaurants, outlet malls and places where a public restroom isn't easily accessible.

"It's a real big relief, so I know I don't have to be aware of the bathrooms if I'm near a private place," said Austin Knarr, who lives with Crohn's Disease.

"For [Austin] to now be able to use a private retailer's facility is wonderful news for him, because if your have Crohn's, it is unpredictable," said Angela Knarr, Austin's mother.

In October, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will issue ID cards on their website. They must be signed by a health care provider.
   

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