OLR Bill Analysis

SB 194 (File 466, as amended by Senate “A”)*

AN ACT CONCERNING THE POSTPONEMENT OF JURY DUTY FOR BREASTFEEDING MOTHERS.

SUMMARY:

This bill requires the Judicial Branch to provide information on its website for prospective jurors regarding jury service, including (1) information for breastfeeding women regarding jury service postponement and (2) the jury administrator's contact information for a breastfeeding woman or other prospective juror to request a reasonable accommodation.

The bill also requires the jury administrator to provide training for his or her staff and court staff on discrete issues and policy for breastfeeding women who have been summoned for jury service, including reasonable accommodations for them.

*Senate Amendment “A” replaces the original bill, which allowed a mother breastfeeding or expressing breast milk to postpone her jury duty service once for up to 12 months.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2012

COMMITTEE ACTION

Select Committee on Children

Joint Favorable Change of Reference

Yea

8

Nay

0

(03/08/2012)

Judiciary Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

45

Nay

0

(04/02/2012)