New bill in Lansing could protect breast feeding mothers.
(WXYZ) - A mother who was kicked off a public bus for breastfeeding is pleased to see the incident may create change in Michigan.
This week a state Senate committee unanimously approved SB 674 with bipartisan support. "The Breastfeeding Anti-Discrimination Act" would offer improved protection for breastfeeding moms.
Under current laws, breastfeeding mothers cannot be prosecuted for public indecency, but supporters of the bill say current laws don't go far enough.
"Michigan is just one of five states in the entire nation that has no affirmative protection for nursing mothers," said Sen. Rebekah Warren, a co-sponsor of the bill.
She says what happened to Eastpointe mom, Afrykayn Moon, shouldn't happen to others. A driver of a public bus attempted to kick Moon off when she breastfed her two-week old son.
"No one should ever have to feel the way I felt," Moon told Action News.
Moon eagerly supports the bill, which says that businesses or public entities that try to stop a mom from breastfeeding can be fined up to $200.
The bill still needs to pass the House and Senate before going to the governor's desk for approval.