September 20, 2016 - Atlanta - Georgia State Capitol, the Gold Dome. Downtown Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM
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Photo: Bob Andres/bandres@ajc.com

2 bills requiring employers to let employees pump breast milk pass Georgia Legislature

Two bills requiring employers to provide breaks and a place for mothers to pump breast milk passed the Georgia legislature with bipartisan support on Thursday. 

Senate Bill 327  passed by the Senate, would require employers to designate a space for women to pump breast milk that is not a restroom. 

The bill’s author, Zahra Karinshak, D - Duluth, said it would be up to the employer and mother to decide on that space. 

It would also provide exceptions for small companies with under 50 employees. 

House Bill 1090, proposed by Deborah Silcox, R - Atlanta, is similar to Karinshak’s bill. It also would require employers to provide breaks for mothers to pump breast milk and a space other than a restroom to pump in, but it doesn’t provide exceptions for small companies. 

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