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S. 528: Fairness For Breastfeeding Mothers Act of 2019


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 14, 2019 (Introduced).

Summary of this bill

Should federal buildings like the Capitol and the Smithsonians be required to have lactation rooms for mothers?

Context

Since 2010, federal law has required all employers with 50+ employees to provide a designated non-bathroom room for mothers to pump breastmilk. A 2018 law required all large- and medium-sized airports offer the same.

There is no similar requirement on federal facilities, such as those in Washington D.C. including the Capitol Building, the memorials, and the Smithsonian museums.

What the bill does

The Fairness For Breastfeeding Mothers Act would mandate that most federal buildings establish a separate room (aside from a bathroom) for breastfeeding mothers.

The House version was introduced in ...


II

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 528

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 14, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Coons, Ms. Duckworth, Mr. Merkley, and Ms. Warren) 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 2019.

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.

.

(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.

.

(c)

Effective date

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