Portsmouth Democrat's first 2015 legislative initiative to face initial hurdle Tuesday
CONCORD - State SenatorMartha Fuller Clark's first legislative initiatives of the current session, a bill that would require employees to provide appropriate accommodations for nursing mothers while at work, goes before the Senate Commerce Committee at a hearing on Tuesday.
Sen. Clark will make the case for her bill with testimony at the beginning of the hearing
WHO: Senator Martha Fuller Clark testifies in support her breastfeeding reform bill (SB219) before the Senate Commerce Committee
WHERE: Rm. 100 at the State House, 107 North Main St., Concord, NH
WHEN: 1:40 PM 2/17/15
ABOUT SB 219: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding through the first 6 months of an infant's life and continued breastfeeding until the infant is at least 12 months old . The World Health Organization, the US Surgeon General's Office, and the American Academy of Family Physicians also recommend similar periods of active breastfeeding for mothers and their infants.
Clark's proposal closely follows both federal and state legislation from around the country. Over 25 states have already passed similar legislation allowing for greater workplace access for nursing mothers during this crucial first year. The Affordable Care Act also requires employers to provide such accommodations and provides for legal recourse to working mothers if employers fail to do so.
Senator Martha Fuller Clark represents Senate District 21 which is comprised of the communities of Durham, Lee, Madbury, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket, and Portsmouth.
These are the stakes...To make a world in which all of God's children can live, or to go into the dark. We must either love each other, or we must die. LBJ, 1964