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2014 House Bill 5591: Exempt public breastfeeding from “indecent exposure” law

Public Act 198 of 2014

  1. Introduced by Rep. Amanda Price (R) on May 20, 2014, to exempt a mother's breastfeeding in a public place from state laws prohibiting open or indecent exposure, “regardless of whether or not her areola or nipple is visible during or incidental to the breastfeeding”.
    • Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on May 20, 2014.
      • Reported in the House on May 22, 2014, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D) on May 27, 2014, to expand the bill to cover a woman "expressing" breast milk, meaning taking milk from the breast with a pump or by hand for later use. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 27, 2014.
  2. Passed 110 to 0 in the House on May 27, 2014.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on May 28, 2014.
    • Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 28, 2014.
      • Reported in the Senate on June 4, 2014, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
  4. Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 2014, to exempt a mother's breastfeeding in a public place from state laws prohibiting open or indecent exposure, “regardless of whether or not her areola or nipple is visible during or incidental to the breastfeeding”.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on June 24, 2014.

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