Published May 14, 2009Well, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready finally has his very own bathroom law. After months of lobbying, the Seattle musician and Crohn's disease sufferer saw Washington state Governor Chris Gregoire sign a bill into law this week that will allow residents suffering from inflammatory bowel diseases to legally use businesses' private restrooms.
According to the Seattle Times, the new law requires that businesses without public restrooms allow people with Crohn's disease and related disorders to use employee bathrooms, if they have an identification card or a letter from a doctor or nurse. However, three or more employees must be working at the time of the request, and it must not pose a security risk.
As previously reported, McCready had been lobbying Washington state legislators since February to get the proposed bill turned into law. At the time, he said, "Imagine the worst diarrhea you've ever had, and then times it by ten, with a knife in it. You have maybe a half a second to find out where a bathroom is."
He also added: "I was in the middle of a solo and it hit, and I can't go anywhere because I'm playing in front of 20,000 people. So I just let go. I went back stage and cleaned up because the show must go on."
The law will come into effect on July 26.