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Madison, Wis., Code § 23.37 (current through Feb. 7, 2018)
Brief Summary
Makes it an offense against public policy for anyone to interfere with a mother's right (or her surrogate's right) to breastfeed in any location where she is lawfully allowed to be, except private homes.
Legal Strategies
Expressly allows something.
Prohibits/discourages something.
Reach
Community-wide
Food System Category: Get
State: Wisconsin
Jurisdiction Type: City
Jurisdiction Name: Madison
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
Yes. Refers to women, children (§ 23.37).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. Support for breastfeeding supports public health goals.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
No.
Does the law include findings (including jurisdiction-specific findings), or are there findings in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law have a stated intent or purpose, or is there an intent or purpose in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
No.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Yes. "Any person who intentionally interferes with a mother's or her surrogate's attempts to breastfeed her child or express breast milk shall be subject to a forfeiture of not less than $25.00 nor more than $250.00 for each such violation." (§ 23.37).
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
No.
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
No.
Code context and ordinance history
Chapter 23 (Offenses Against Public Policy). Ordinances: Created by ORD -07-00012, 2-2-07.