Portsmouth Democrat's first 2015 legislative initiative unanimously passed the Senate
CONCORD - State Senator Martha Fuller Clark's first legislative initiatives of the current session, a bill that would require employers to provide appropriate accommodations for nursing mothers while at work, goes before the House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee at a hearing on Tuesday. This passed the Senate on unanimous voice vote in February.
Sen. Clark will make the case for her bill with testimony at the beginning of the hearing.
Senator Clark: "Research confirms that breastfeeding has enormous health benefits for both the child and the mother. Here in New Hampshire more than 130,000 women between the ages of 20 and 44 are part of our workforce. Mothers and prospective mothers deserve a safe and supportive workplace environment so that they can successfully combine work with breastfeeding. They should not have to choose between having a job or raising a healthy child. SB 219 will make sure that NH employers provide needed reasonable breastfeeding protections for working mothers, bringing state law into compliance with federal law."
WHO: Senator Martha Fuller Clark testifies in support her breastfeeding reform bill (SB219) before the House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee
WHERE: Rm. 302 at the Legislative Office Building, 33 N State St, Concord, NH 03301
WHEN: 1:15 PM 3/31/15
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.