Nursing Mothers Closer To Opting Out Of Jury Duty In NJ

Here's another excuse to get you out of serving on a jury.

Senators Teresa Ruiz and Brian Stack.

Senators Teresa Ruiz and Brian Stack.

Photo Credit: Senator Teresa Ruiz/Senator Brian Stack

The New Jersey Senate approved a bill, 38-0, that would exempt nursing mothers from jury duty. The bill was sponsored by Majority Leader M. Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex/Hudson) and Brian Stack (D-Hudson.)

The bill exempts any prospective juror with a personal obligation to care for a child who is 1 years of age or younger and the person is the child's mother and is nursing or expressing milk for the child.

“Jury duty can turn into a lengthy commitment and this can place a significant burden on new mothers,” said Ruiz. “By explicitly making breastfeeding a jury duty exemption we can support the healthy development of children and reduce stress for new parents.”

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