Skip to comments.Council OKs breast-feeding (Tucson AZ)
Posted on 11/02/2005 7:46:02 AM PST by ellery
City officials aim to expand right to nurse in public
About two dozen of Tucson's youngest constituents gurgled, bounced and occasionally squawked away while the City Council unanimously voted to solidify their right to be breast-fed anywhere their mothers have a right to be.
The council also discussed changing city codes to prevent massive hazardous-fuel storage businesses and approved a three-way deal that deeds to the city a historic Fort Lowell property.
Supporters of mothers' rights to breast-feed their babies in public, without being shunted into a restroom or out of view, packed the chambers for the council's study session on the issue Tuesday afternoon.
The council unanimously approved a motion that voiced support for an administrative directive that will allow women to breast-feed on city property; created a task force to study potential statewide legislative options; and asked the city staff to bring back for a vote an ordinance that would extend the breast-feeding right citywide.
City Manager Mike Hein said he will immediately sign the administrative directive that will allow women to breast-feed on city owned property.
Mothers urged the council to expand the protection throughout Tucson, saying women shouldn't feel ashamed to breast-feed their babies and impart the recognized health benefits to their infants. Several spoke of being asked to feed their babies in a public restroom or outside an establishment.
"Families need the social support," said Theresa Jones, who said she had been escorted to a restaurant women's room by an employee and described how difficult it is to breast-feed in a small public restroom. "We're asking you to protect caregiving itself."
The council also decided to give the Tucson Fire Department 120 days to examine city land use and building codes, and figure out how to keep massive amounts of combustible or hazardous fuels from being stored in one place.
Councilman Steve Leal said he was approached by a businessman who wanted to build a facility near Interstate 10 and South Wilmot Road to store close to 1 million gallons of propane in 11 90,000-gallon tanks. Should such a facility catch fire, which Tucson Fire
Chief Dan Newburn said hasn't happened but is a possibility, the blast would be so fierce that everyone within a quarter-mile would have second-degree burns. Leal said he would not support the required rezoning and that the company had dropped the request, but he was troubled when he realized city codes didn't specifically address large-scale storage facilities.
Also, the council unanimously approved a land deal that swapped 5.3 acres of historic land near North Craycroft and East Fort Lowell roads for acreage on East Speedway between Harrison and Houghton roads. The parcels are roughly equal in value at $2.8 million.
The developer, Jim Campbell of OasisTucson, also received first right of refusal should the city decide to sell the half-acre site Downtown that is now occupied by the Greyhound bus station. He plans to submit proposals for a high-rise building with condominiums and restaurants for city consideration within the next 120 days.
Score one for Juniors lunchbox!
I can't believe this is still an issue. Let the babies eat!
Boy they really are paranoid about boobs... oh - wait... that's something else....
LOL Good one!
Will this be on the boob tube as well?
Why do people want to starve babies anyway?
I've been pro-breast for a long time now.
Only Democrat babies (and pets, and dead people ...).
Saw a guy on the street corner yesterday with a sign "Will Work For Milk" -- guess this new law helps the unemployed, too.
What gives? We finally have a real breastfeeding thread, and you're nowhere to be found...
Because you haven't posted any hot babies practicing their new found freedom.
But here's one because you're cute.
I may need to take a trip out to Tuscon. The boneyard may take on a whole new meaning out there.
Bad, bad, bad.
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