UPDATE ON SENATE BILL 0344 “Lactation Accommodation in Airports”

On Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 8:30 a.m., the Human Services Committee will hold a hearing on SB0344 “Lactation Accommodation in Airports” in Stratton Building Room C-1 in Springfield, IL. Please contact the members of the Human Services Committee by email and telephone and ask them to support SB344. Their contact information is included below. A sample email template is also included, but your personal stories and handwritten notes are most effective.

Illinois Senate bill SB0344 “Lactation Accommodation in Airports” is making its way through the Illinois General Assembly. It was voted on and passed by the Illinois Senate on April 22, 2015. The bill is now in the Illinois House of Representatives. Chief House sponsors are Rep. Camille Y. Lilly, Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch, Rep. Elgie R. Sims Jr., and Rep. Jehan A. Gordon-Booth.

Human Services Committee – Members (99th General Assembly)

Chairperson : Robyn Gabel- [email protected] (217) 782-8052 (D)
Vice-Chairperson : Litesa E. Wallace- [email protected] (217) 782-3167 (D)
Republican Spokesperson : Patricia R. Bellock- (217) 782-1448 (R)
Member: Carol Ammons- [email protected] (217) 558-1009 (D)
Member: Jaime M. Andrade, Jr.- [email protected] (217) 782-8117 (D)
Member: Kelly M. Cassidy- [email protected] (217) 782-8088 (D)
Member: Tom Demmer- [email protected] (217) 782-0535 (R)
Member: Laura Fine- [email protected] (217) 782-4194 (D)
Member: Mary E. Flowers- [email protected] (217) 782-4207 (D)
Member: Norine Hammond- [email protected] (217) 782-0416 (R)
Member: Sheri L [email protected] (217) 782-8151 (R)
Member: Cynthia [email protected] (217) 782-0150 (D)
Member: Brian W. Stewart- [email protected] (217) 782-8186 (R)
Member: Michael Unes- [email protected] (217) 782-8186 (R)

Sample email–

RE: SB 0344- “Lactation Accommodation in Airports”

Dear Representative :

Please vote to support SB 0344 “Lactation Accommodation in Airports” and help this bill make its way through the Illinois General Assembly.

O’Hare International Airport (O’Hare) and other Illinois airports do not have designated lactation rooms for breastfeeding mothers. Midway Airport recently opened a Mother’s Room on Concourse C. There should be additional lactation areas in each airport terminal and each concourse. At a minimum, a comfortable space for breastfeeding mothers should include an electrical outlet, a sink, and wash area.

Currently, O’Hare airport asks mothers to feed their children in the restroom or to contact Travelers Aid in Terminal 2 to arrange a private room to pump or breastfeed. O’Hare Airport is planning to open one Mother’s Room during the summer of 2015, and that is a step in the right direction. This legislation will ensure that airports accommodate breastfeeding mothers and young families looking to feed their babies.

One of the greatest struggles for breastfeeding mothers is to have our voices heard and accommodations met in order to express milk and feed our children in public places. Women have lobbied and fought for years to establish lactation rooms in their places of employment and public facilities. Only recently have states begun to pass laws that help ensure that mothers have a private place to nurse their children and pump breast milk (if they choose to do so in private).

This campaign seeks to make Illinois airports nursing friendly and to build public accommodation for breastfeeding mothers. This grassroots petition started just two months ago and the Illinois Senate swiftly passed this bill on April 23, 2015. California passed similar legislation last year. Illinois should do the same.

We hope you will listen to our collective voices and vote YES to SB 0344 “Lactation Accommodation in Airports”.

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

 

Want more info on this topic??? 
Establish Lactation Rooms in Illinois Airports Petition: https://www.change.org/p/mayor-rahm-emanuel-and-the-city-of-chicago-department-of-aviation-establish-lactation-rooms-in-illinois-airports
Fly and Feed facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/2015flyandfeed
Breastfeed Chicago: //breastfeedchicago.org/
Rep. Duckworth OpEd- Airports fail to accommodate breastfeeding mothers: http://chicago.suntimes.com/other-views/7/71/586506/airports-fail-accommodate-breastfeeding-mothers

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