LINCOLN — Lawmakers gave final approval on a 31-7 vote Tuesday night to a bill designed to help pregnant and parenting students finish high school.
Legislative Bill 427, introduced by State Sen. Tony Vargas of Omaha, extends a current state law requiring accommodations to nursing mothers to students in a K-12 public, private or parochial school.
Supporters said the bill sets out a clear, statewide policy for school districts to follow.
A survey by the ACLU of Nebraska found that only 17 percent of Nebraska school districts have formal policies to accommodate the breast-feeding needs of students, and those vary widely.
LB 427 overcame a last-minute effort by Bayard Sen. Steve Erdman to gut the bill and let local districts set their own policies.
The bill now goes to Gov. Pete Ricketts for his approval or rejection.