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S. 1497 (115th): Fairness For Breastfeeding Mothers Act of 2017

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 29, 2017 (Introduced).


II

115th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1497

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 29, 2017

(for himself and Mr. Merkley) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works

A BILL

To amend title 40, United States Code, to provide a lactation room in public buildings, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Fairness For Breast­feed­ing Mothers Act of 2017.

2.

Lactation rooms in public buildings

(a)

In general

Chapter 33 of title 40, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by redesignating sections 3315, 3316, and 3317 as sections 3316, 3317, and 3318, respectively; and

(2)

by inserting after section 3314 the following:

3315.

Lactation rooms in public buildings

(a)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Appropriate authority

The term appropriate authority means—

(A)

the head of a Federal agency;

(B)

the Architect of the Capitol; and

(C)

another official authority responsible for the operation of a public building.

(2)

Covered public building

(A)

In general

The term covered public building means a public building that—

(i)

is open to the public; and

(ii)

contains a public restroom.

(B)

Inclusion

The term covered public building includes a building listed in section 5101 or 6301.

(3)

Lactation room

The term lactation room means a hygienic place, other than a bathroom, that—

(A)

is shielded from view;

(B)

is free from intrusion; and

(C)

contains—

(i)

a chair;

(ii)

a working surface; and

(iii)

if the public building is supplied with electricity, an electrical outlet.

(b)

Lactation rooms required

Except as provided in subsection (c), the appropriate authority of a covered public building shall ensure that the building contains a lactation room that is made available for use by members of the public to express breast milk.

(c)

Exceptions

A covered public building may be excluded from the requirement in subsection (b) at the discretion of the appropriate authority if—

(1)

the public building—

(A)

does not contain a lactation room for employees who work in the building; and

(B)

does not have a room that could be repurposed as a lactation room or a space that could be made private using portable materials, at a reasonable cost; or

(2)

new construction would be required to create a lactation room in the public building and the cost of the construction is not feasible.

(d)

No unauthorized entry

Nothing in this section authorizes an individual to enter a public building or portion of a public building that the individual is not otherwise authorized to enter.

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(b)

Technical amendment

The table of sections for chapter 33 of title 40, United States Code, is amended by striking the items relating to sections 3315 through 3317 and inserting the following:

3315. Lactation rooms in public buildings.

3316. Delegation.

3317. Report to Congress.

3318. Certain authority not affected.

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(c)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall take effect 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act.