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Missouri bill would excuse nursing moms from jury duty

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 | 7:36 a.m. CDT; updated 10:03 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 9, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — Nursing mothers could be excused from jury duty under legislation given initial approval by the Missouri Senate.

A bill endorsed Monday would expand protections under Missouri law that already allow mothers to discreetly breast feed in public places. The bill adds expressing breast milk to the list of protected activities and prohibits cities from enacting local ordinances restricting breast-feeding mothers.

Under the legislation, nursing mothers would be excused from jury duty upon submitting a written note from a doctor.

The bill is sponsored by Republican Sen. Rob Schaaf, a physician from St. Joseph. He cited research showing breast-fed babies are healthier, thus lowering the state's potential medical costs for their care.


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