Friday, January 05, 2007

Breastfeeding Legislative Update - Wisconsin

The county board of Dane County, Wisconsin (i.e. Madison) has enacted an ordinance which "prohibits anyone from interfering with a breastfeeding mother in any public place in Dane County."
While the ordinance overwhelmingly passed the county board, there is a similar measure currently in committees of the Madison City Council as well as the state Legislature.

There are consequences for a violation of the ordinance. Anyone who violates the law could be subject to a fine ranging from $10 to $100, WISC-TV reported.
It is rare, though not unheard of, for a city or county to pass such an ordinance (see Chandler, AZ), and even rarer (this may be the first, outside of Scotland) for a fine to be imposed on those who interfere with a breastfeeding pair.

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