Madison city council to clarify ordinance with breast feeding clause
Move comes after controversial vote by Eau Claire
MADISON, Wis. — Madison leaders are taking a stance on breast feeding after a controversial ordinance up in Eau Claire made headlines this fall.
The Eau Claire City Council moved to ban children from its meetings after some councilors complained about a colleague breastfeeding during proceedings. That resolution was passed on a 7-1 vote.
Now, more than a dozen alders are signing on to an ordinance change that will specify breastfeeding women and their children are allowed in Madison council chambers.
While it’s more of a clarification to a technicality in a current clause, Ald. Shiva Bidar-Sielaff says it’s also a message.
“A message to mothers that I support you, and a message to women who want to run for elected office that we’re going to support you in elected office,” she said.
The City Council Executive Committee will take a vote on the measure Tuesday night. It will head to the full council in January.
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