Michigan May Exempt Nursing Moms from Jury Duty

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan lawmakers have approved a bill that would exempt breastfeeding mothers from jury duty.
The House overwhelmingly approved the measure Thursday, sending the proposal to Gov. Rick Snyder for his consideration. The Senate approved a final version of the bill earlier.
The bill would allow a nursing mother to request and get an exemption from jury duty if she has a letter from a doctor or a certified nurse midwife saying she's breastfeeding. The exemption would be good for as long as the mother is breastfeeding.
Supporters say it would allow mothers to continue nursing their babies without interrupting court proceedings.
Some legal experts say they support the exemption but say they doubt a state law is needed since courts already have latitude to excuse jurors.

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