2009 - 2010 LEGISLATURE
February 17, 2009 - Introduced by Representatives Pasch, Roys, Parisi, Sinicki,
Benedict, Black, Berceau, Ballweg, Cullen, Hintz, Hebl, Hilgenberg,
Mason, Molepske Jr., Pocan, Pope-Roberts, Toles, Townsend, Vruwink and
Zepnick, cosponsored by Senators Risser, Erpenbach, Wirch, Darling,
Schultz, Cowles, Sullivan and Lehman. Referred to Committee on Public
1An Act to create
253.16 of the statutes; relating to: permitting a mother to
2breast-feed in any public or private location where she is otherwise authorized
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, there are various prohibitions against lewd behavior or
sexual gratification in public. Those prohibitions, however, do not apply to a
mother's breast-feeding of her child. This bill permits a mother to breast-feed her
child in any public or private location where she is otherwise authorized to be and
prohibits any person from interfering with the right of a mother to breast-feed her
child as provided in the bill. Because no penalty is expressed in the bill for interfering
with that right, a person who interferes with that right is subject to a forfeiture not
to exceed $200 under the general penalty provision under current law.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB57, s. 1
253.16 of the statutes is created to read:
5253.16 Right to breast-feed.
A mother may breast-feed her child in any 6
public or private location where the mother is otherwise authorized to be. No person
may interfere with the right of a mother to breast-feed her child as provided in this 2
(1) Right to breast-feed.
This act first applies to acts occurring on the effective 5
date of this subsection.