(TRENTON) – An Assembly panel on Monday approved legislation co-sponsored by Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin to require that lactation rooms be made available at certain airports run by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
“The lack of a private space while traveling through an airport is a major obstacle for nursing moms,” said Pintor Marin (D- Essex). “We can change that in New Jersey by ensuring airports provide a designated safe space for nursing moms.”
The bill (A-5150) requires the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to provide a lactation room at all airports maintained or operated by the Port Authority that have 1,000,000 or more enplanements per year. Airports are maintained or operated by the Port Authority that have fewer than 1,000,000 but more than 10,000 enplanements per year are required to provide lactation rooms upon the completion of construction of a new passenger terminal or the replacement, expansion or renovation of an existing passenger terminal.
All lactation rooms are required to include, at minimum, a chair and an electrical outlet and be located outside of the confines of a public restroom. Lactation rooms that are provided following the completion of construction of a new passenger terminal, or the replacement, expansion or renovation of an existing passenger terminal are required to include a sink.
The bill was released by the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee. It will now be sent to the Assembly Speaker for further consideration.
The bill was co-sponsored by Assemblyman John Wisniewski and Assemblywomen Sheila Oliver, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Angela McKnight, Mila Jasey and Blonnie Watson.