Stock image
Nursing mothers would be free to breast-feed their babies in public places under a bill the Utah House passed Wednesday.

SALT LAKE CITY — Nursing mothers would be free to breast-feed their babies in public places under a bill the Utah House passed Wednesday.

2 comments on this story

HB196 prohibits discrimination based on pregnancy in places of public accommodation and allows a woman to breast-feed in those places.

Rep. Justin Fawson, R-North Ogden, said he's aware of an employee asking a woman breast-feeding in a department store restroom in Farmington to leave. He also said mothers were also asked to leave aquatics centers in St. George and North Ogden.

The goal of the bill is to ensure that moms don't fear breast-feeding in public places when they feel the need to, he said.

The House passed the bill 66-5. It now goes to the Senate.