Bill aimed at helping breastfeeding students advances

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) - A bill that would require schools to accommodate students who are pregnant or parents is headed to a final vote in the Nebraska unicameral. 

The bill would require schools to give breastfeeding students a space to express and store milk and adopt written policies to handle absences and coursework. 

Conservative lawmakers pushed for an amendment that would have removed the requirements, but senators defeated that on Tuesday. Opponents of the bill say it is an unfunded mandate on school districts.  

Senator Tony Vargas of Omaha sponsored the measure. He says the requirements ensure teen parents have the flexibility they need to raise children and finish high school. 

 

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