School board policy, local; designated breastfeeding area for employees. (HB947)

Introduced By

Del. Israel O'Quinn (R-Bristol) with support from co-patron Del. Randy Minchew (R-Leesburg)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Local school board policy; designated breastfeeding area for employees. Requires each local school board to adopt a policy to set aside, in each school in the school division, space that is shielded from the public view to be designated as a breastfeeding area in which any mother who is employed by the local school board may breastfeed her child until the child reaches the age of one. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/08/2014Committee
01/08/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100747D
01/08/2014Referred to Committee on Education
01/17/2014Assigned Education sub: Elementary and Secondary Education
01/30/2014Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/2014Left in Education

Comments

Joy Funston writes:

There is already law at the federal level that mandates breast pumping space, with privacy that is NOT in a bathroom. The law also reqiuires reasonable time to be alloted to employees for pumping. The American Academy of Pediatricians recommends breast milk as 100% of a newborns nutrition for the first 6 months, with breast milk continuing as the primary source of food for a full year . To be in compliance with law & AAP guidelines all employers must offer private space for pumping. Our schools should be the shining example of any policy that promotes good nutrition -- this is an easy , no argument concept we must all support ! Please support this law!

Amy Shane writes:

Our teachers work hard to provide the best for our children and deserve the opportunity to do the same for their own children. Breastfeeding is the healthiest best way to nourish our babies and the benefits last for a lifetime. All working mothers, regardless of hourly wages (as protected by federal law) or salaried, should have this opportunity.