The Latest: Oklahoma agency OKs restroom signs rules

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Posted: Dec 13, 2016 3:50 PM
The Latest: Oklahoma agency OKs restroom signs rules

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on an Oklahoma law requiring restroom signs as part of anti-abortion efforts (all times local):

2:50 p.m.

The Oklahoma Board of Health has approved new requirements for hospitals, nursing homes, restaurants and public schools to post signs inside public restrooms directing pregnant women where to receive services as part of an effort to reduce abortions in the state.

The provision mandating the signs was tucked into a measure the Legislature passed this year that requires the state to develop informational material "for the purpose of achieving an abortion-free society."

The board passed the rules Tuesday. Businesses and other organizations estimate they will have to pay $2.3 million to put up the signs because the Legislature approved no funding for them.

Board attorney Donald Maisch says the Legislature and governor must ratify the board's signage rules before they are scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2018.

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Oklahoma will force hospitals, nursing homes, restaurants and public schools to post signs inside public restrooms directing pregnant women where to receive services as part of an effort to reduce the number of abortions.

The State Board of Health on Tuesday will consider regulations for the signs, which were tucked into a l aw passed this year. The signs are expected to cost more than $2.3 million to implement.

The law requires the signs to be posted by January 2018.

Groups representing hospitals and restaurants complain that the new requirements are an expensive, unfunded mandate.

An anti-abortion group requested the measure. The bill's sponsor, Sen. A.J. Griffin, says it may need to be revised.