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File #: 49504    Version: 1 Name: Protecting the right to breastfeed in Council chambers & at committee meetings
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 11/8/2017 In control: COMMON COUNCIL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
On agenda: 1/2/2018 Final action: 1/2/2018
Enactment date: 1/11/2018 Enactment #: ORD-18-00002
Title: Amending Sections 2.31 and 33.01(9)(b) of the Madison General Ordinances to protect the right to breastfeed in the Council chambers and at committee meetings.
Sponsors: Shiva Bidar, Sheri Carter, Mark Clear, Maurice S. Cheeks, Denise DeMarb, Sara Eskrich, Amanda Hall, Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Rebecca Kemble, Steve King, Arvina Martin, Larry Palm, Matthew J. Phair, Marsha A. Rummel, Michael E. Verveer, Zach Wood, Ledell Zellers
Attachments: 1. Poll results
Fiscal Note
No fiscal impact.
Title
Amending Sections 2.31 and 33.01(9)(b) of the Madison General Ordinances to protect the right to breastfeed in the Council chambers and at committee meetings.
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DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS: In a recent incident in another Wisconsin community, a member of the Common Council was denied the right to breastfeed her child, based on rules governing the Council chambers. This ordinance protects the right to breastfeed in the Madison Common Council chambers, as well as at meetings of City boards, commissions, and committees.

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The Common Council of the City of Madison do hereby ordain as follows:

1. Section 2.31 entitled “No Persons Allowed on Council Floor Except Members of Council” of the Madison General Ordinances is amended to read as follows:

“2.31 NO PERSONS ALLOWED ON COUNCIL FLOOR EXCEPT MEMBERS OF COUNCIL.
No persons except members and officers of the Council or City Staff shall be allowed to come to the Council floor during the session of the Council without the permission of the presiding officer. The Council may designate certain seats in the rear of the Council Chambers for media. This section shall not apply to a child who is breastfeeding, nor shall it be interpreted to interfere with the right of breastfeeding in Council chambers, as protected by Wis. Stat. § 253.165 and Sec. 23.37, MGO.”

2. Subdivision (b) of Subsection (9) entitled “Minutes and Rules of Procedures” of Section 33.01 entitled “Boards, Commissions, and Committees Procedures” of the Madison General Ordinances is amended to read as follows:

“(b) Boards, committees, and commissions may adopt rules of procedure. Such rules may not conflict with ordinances or resolutions of the Common Council. In case the Sub-unit does not adopt rules of procedure, it shall be governed by Robert’s Rules of Order, insofar as Robert’s Rules of Order does not conflict with ordinances or re...

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