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At the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee meeting held today,<br>
the Committee voted to move Bill 34, the public breastfeeding bill,<br>
out of committee and on to the senate floor for a vote by the full<br>
senate. ALL of the Committee members voted for the Bill EXCEPT<br>
State Senator Jane Earll - the same senator whose comments caused<br>
this legislation to stall in committee for years. Feel free to<br>
contact Senator Earll to express your disappointment with her vote.<br>
Her contact information is available on the Birth Without Boundaries web site <a href="http://www.birthwithoutboundaries.com" target="_blank">http://www.birthwithoutboundaries.com</a>, as<br>
well as the contact information for the rest of the Judiciary<br>
Committee members who deserve our thanks.<br><br>
It appears that there was an amendment to the Bill prior to the vote<br>
and as soon as BWB confirms what that amendment was, we will post it<br>
on our site.<br><br>
Now that this Bill will be considered by the full Senate, it is all<br>
the more important that we get a large crowd at the Rally on May<br>
7th. It is time to show the Pennsylvania Senate how important<br>
protection of the right to breastfeed anytime, anywhere, is to all<br>
of us!<br><br>
Thanks!<br><br>
Jake Marcus<br>
Birth Without Boundaries, Int'l
 

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May I ask- what happened with Bills 35 and 36? Those are also breastfeeding bills- for pumping/ working moms.
 

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They've been referred to completely different committees, so you have to chase after different senators for those. No action yet on either.<br><br>
And WTF? Didn't Jane Earll say she wouldn't oppose it this time? Did she think it was a good political move to be the lone voice against this bill AND go against her committment?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">May I ask- what happened with Bills 35 and 36? Those are also breastfeeding bills- for pumping/ working moms.</div>
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Very good point. It is true that these are bogged down in different committees. But the fact that all three of these bills were introduced originally in 2005 and all died in committees at the end of the last session is a sad statement about the PA senate's resistence to all thing breastfeeding.<br><br>
The Reading Mall incident put the NIP issue all over the news just as these three bills were being reintroduced (all three had died in their respective committees during the previous legislative sessions).<br><br>
I am planning to put up web site pages on our web site, as I did with this bill, Bill 34, so that the fight to get Bills 35 and 36 out of their committees can proceed.<br><br>
Jake<br>
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And WTF? Didn't Jane Earll say she wouldn't oppose it this time? Did she think it was a good political move to be the lone voice against this bill AND go against her committment?</div>
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This one lifted my eyebrow too. Did she not get the message or what?<br><br>
Apparently Earll has said she will not speak publicly against the bill. She is still against it but is not making any statements about why. And clearly, she is voting against it.<br><br>
She needs to hear from her constituents.<br><br>
Jake<br>
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The new text of Bill 34, the Right to Breastfeed Act protecting<br>
nursing in public, is out. I am always concerned about amendments -<br>
very bad things have happened to other bills as they make their way<br>
through the legislature - but this amendment is only a clarification<br>
that breastfeeding is not any brand of obscenity crime. A good<br>
thing.<br><br>
Here is what it says:<br><br>
The act of breastfeeding may not be considered:<br>
(1) Indecent exposure as defined in 18 Pa.C.S. § 3127<br>
(relating to indecent exposure).<br>
(2) OPEN LEWDNESS AS DEFINED IN 18 PA.C.S. § 5901(RELATING TO<br>
OPEN LEWDNESS).<br>
(3) Obscenity or sexual conduct as defined in 18 Pa.C.S. § 5903<br>
(relating to obscene and other sexual materials and performances).<br>
(4) A nuisance as defined in 18 Pa.C.S. § 6504(relating to<br>
public nuisances).<br>
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I think we can all get behind that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Thanks again everyone! See you at the Rally!<br><br>
Yours,<br>
Jake Marcus<br>
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Does anyone know which committees Bills 35 and 36 were referred to? I'll write to those Senators, too. Thanks!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Does anyone know which committees Bills 35 and 36 were referred to? I'll write to those Senators, too. Thanks!!</div>
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HB35 is in Labor and Industry. The bill makes it unlawful discrimination: For any employer, employment agency or labor organization to refuse to hire or employ, or to bar or discharge from employment, or withhold pay, demote or penalize, or otherwise discriminate against a lactating individual because<br>
the individual breastfeeds or expresses milk at the workplace.<br><br>
and adds: Breastfeeding by Employees.--No employer shall prohibit an employee from expressing breastmilk during any meal period or other break period required by law to be provided by the employer or required by collective bargaining agreement.<br><br>
HB36 is in Finance. That bill creates tax credits for breastfeeding promotion and can be found at <a href="http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&sessYr=2007&sessInd=0&billBody=S&billTyp=B&billNbr=0036&pn=0069" target="_blank">http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/...r=0036&pn=0069</a><br><br>
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I live in Erie (Jane Earll's home district) and just saw an interview with her on a local TV station. They asked her why she was the only committee member to vote against the bill. Her reasons:<br><br>
1. She has not heard that it is a problem in PA to nip<br>
2. She didn't like the language in the bill, she said that it was over the top and insinuated that women who did not BF were not a good mothers<br><br>
When asked if whether or not she supported women who nip, she responded that it was not her role as a legislator to decide if women could nip or not.<br><br>
ETA: As a constituent of Earll's, I wrote and emailed immediately. However, I am not surprised that it is not a problem in her mind, as around these parts of PA, not many people BF, and if they do, they don't do it in public. I can count on one hand the number of times I've seen a mom NIP around here.
 

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I live in Erie (Jane Earll's home district) and just saw an interview with her on a local TV station. They asked her why she was the only committee member to vote against the bill. Her reasons:<br><br>
1. She has not heard that it is a problem in PA to nip<br>
2. She didn't like the language in the bill, she said that it was over the top and insinuated that women who did not BF were not a good mothers<br><br>
When asked if whether or not she supported women who nip, she responded that it was not her role as a legislator to decide if women could nip or not.<br><br>
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I definitely think she has some issue she is not talking about. She has been flooded with e-mail about incidents. She knows it's a problem. And the language is entirely conventional by NIP law standards.<br><br>
Thanks for posting her. She needs to hear from constituents.<br><br>
Do you know the call letters of the station so I can look for the video clip?
 

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The story was on WICU-TV 12 in Erie, PA.<br><br>
Here is the exact wording of Earll's interview (it is not available in video or on the station's website):<br><br>
Anchor: A BILL PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF A MOTHER TO NURSE HER CHILD IN PUBLIC WILL SOON BE DEBATED IN THE STATE SENATE. THE BILL WAS SUPPORTED BY ALL MEMBERS OF THE STATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE EXCEPT FOR SENATOR JANE EARLL.<br><br>
Earll: "I just haven't heard that this is a problem that needs to be responded to. I do think that some of the wording in the legislation was a little bit over the top in terms of insinuating that if you're not a breastfeeding mother that somehow you're not a good mother - I did find that bothersome."<br><br>
Reporter: "So your neither pro- or against breatfeeding in public?"<br><br>
Earll: "Absolutely not - and that's not my role as a legislator to make those types of judgements."<br><br>
Anchor: THIS IS THE SECOND TIME THAT THE BILL HAS BEEN TORPEDOED BY EARLL.
 

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I emailed Earll and let her know of my disppointment in her vote and her interview. Although I am not an Erie resident, I am a life long PA resident and tax payer. Maybe that doesn't matter too much, but I think it should count for something.<br><br>
I also wrote to Senator Tartaglione, the minority chair of Labor and Industry, about HB35- she's not my district, but she's close.
 
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