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Apr 5, 2016 5:56 PM

Lawmakers hear testimony on bill requiring employers to accommodate breastfeeding moms

CONCORD - Lawmakers heard testimony Tuesday on a bill that would require reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers and women returning to the workforce who need to breast feed.

"We need to be looking out for them," said Kary Jencks, executive director of the N.H. Citizens Alliance. "We need to make sure they're having healthy pregnancies. Having healthy babies."

Under the bill, employers would need to provide these women with more frequent or longer bathroom breaks, time off to recover from childbirth and a private, non-bathroom space for breast feeding or pumping

"If we want to create a climate where women can be in the work force we need to update those outdated policies to discriminate against them," said Zandra Rice Hawkins, who heads up Granite State Progress.

The proposal has already passed in the Senate and is due out of the House's Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee by April 14 so it can head to the full House for a vote.

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