Idaho House approves bill exempting breastfeeding mothers from indecency law

Posted at 12:53 PM, Feb 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-22 22:48:54-05

A proposal to provide legal protections for breastfeeding mothers is advancing through the Idaho Statehouse.

The Idaho House on Thursday unanimously approved sending a bill designed to exempt breastfeeding mothers from Idaho's indecent exposure law. Fifteen years ago, Idaho lawmakers killed a similar proposal, over fears of women removing blouses and exposing their breasts in public spaces.

Forty-nine states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands have laws that specifically allow women to breastfeed in any public or private location, but not Idaho.

Meanwhile, Idaho is one of seventeen states, as well as Puerto Rico, to exempt breastfeeding mothers from jury duty.

HB 448 must now pass the Senate before it can go to Governor Otter's desk for consideration.

(by The Associated Press)