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Call it the Madonna with Child Act?

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Really, we could go in a lot of directions with this blog post. But not all of them would be politically correct or tasteful,  so we'll just stick to the basics and let you talk amongst yourselves.

See, House Dem leader Rep. Franklin Sands wants to provide an exemption from jury duty for women who are breastfeeding. The proposal passed its first committee today, and if it ever gets far enough too become law, Florida would become the 13th state to provide such an exemption.

Sands said current law related to parents only deals with those who aren't employed full time yet have custody of young children. But it doesn't address the full-time working moms who are breastfeeding.

Even though the bill, which has a Senate companion from Sen. Eleanor Sobel (she of the fake bake tanning bill last year...), passed its first House stop, those who voted yes voiced skepticism about the need for it.

New mom Rep. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, even said there are far more pressing state matters to be addressed than breastfeeding jurors.

Of course, that hasn't stopped lawmakers from spending time on such things in the past. See: TruckNutz, the state pie...

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:26pm]

    

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