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Breast-feeding mothers may get protection


Businesses that forbid mothers from breast-feeding could face fines of up to $1,000 under a measure that cleared the House on Tuesday.

Democratic state Rep. Kelly Flood of Lexington is sponsoring the legislation aimed at protecting women’s rights to breastfeed in stores, restaurants and other public places. It passed the House 94-0.

It now goes to the Senate for consideration.

The legislation sets fines of $500 for a first offense against anyone who violates an existing Kentucky law that allows mothers to breast-feed in any public or private location. The $1,000 fine would be for a second offense.

The legislation is House Bill 214.

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