STAND. COM. REP. NO. 974

                                 Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                   , 1999

                                 RE: H.B. No. 266
                                     H.D. 2




Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii

Sir:

     Your Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs, to which
was referred H.B. No. 266, H.D. 1, entitled: 

     "A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO NEW MOTHERS BREASTFEEDING
     PROMOTION AND PROTECTION ACT,"

begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this bill is to:

     (1)  Require the State Commission on the Status of Women to
          accumulate, compile, and publish information about
          instances of discrimination involving breastfeeding or
          expressing breastmilk in the workplace; and

     (2)  Prohibit employers or labor organization from refusing
          to hire, or from discharging, withholding pay,
          demoting, or penalizing a lactating woman who
          breastfeeds or expresses breastmilk in the workplace.

     Your Committee received testimony in support of this bill
from the Department of Health, the Civil Rights Commission,
Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii, Kapiolani
Hospital, the Breastfeeding Promotion Counsel, Mothers Care for
Tomorrow's Children, and other concerned individuals.

     Your Committee amended this bill by:


 
 
 
 
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     (1)  Adding a provision whereby an employer may provide
          employees with time during the work day for
          breastfeeding or expressing milk; and

     (2)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for
          purposes of style and clarity.

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs that is attached to
this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and
purpose of H.B. No. 266, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and
recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto
as H.B. No. 266, H.D. 2.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Judiciary &
                                   Hawaiian Affairs,



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                                   PAUL T. OSHIRO, Chair