Feb 29, 2016 10:30 AM

Nipple bill at the center of NH lawmakers' spat up for hearing

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — The bill making it a crime for women to expose their breasts in public that was at the center of a spat between lawmakers earlier this year is up for a public hearing on Monday morning.

The bill makes it a misdemeanor for women to bare their breasts or nipples in public with "reckless disregard" for whether it would offend someone. It's partly a response to a movement called "Free the Nipple" that encourages women to bare their breasts in public.

The bill drew national attention to Concord recently when a female lawmaker spoke out against it on her Facebook page, prompting her male colleagues to make remarks about her appearance and suggest women who want to show their breasts publicly should be fine with men wanting to grab them.

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