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- Associated Press - Sunday, February 26, 2017

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada lawmakers will tackle higher stacks of bills and a faster pace in the fourth week of the session.

The full Senate will move toward a vote on the Equal Rights Amendment, but more lively debate could be found in the Assembly this week.

Here are a few issues on which members of the lower legislative chamber will ask for public opinion this week:



One provision of the Affordable Care Act that Democrats hope to enshrine in state law this year will be considered on Monday when lawmakers present the case for workplace lactation accommodations.

Under President Barack Obama’s health care law, all public and private employers with a staff of 50 or more must provide a private place and “reasonable break time” for workers who are nursing to extract breast milk. Employers are not required to pay women for time spent pumping or breastfeeding at work.

Assemblywoman Ellen Spiegel, D-Henderson, has proposed Nevada copy that rule into state law as Republicans in Congress continue to deliberate eliminating portions of the ACA and replacing others.

Healthcare providers and government officials have long promoted breastfeeding for the health of both infants and mothers.

Working women - the majority of new mothers - are less likely to initiate breastfeeding and breastfeed for a shorter duration than unemployed women, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Returning to work after pregnancy, women face a lack of time, employer approval, accommodations and milk supply to continue pumping milk.

Nevada is one of 29 states that exempt breastfeeding from indecent exposure laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Assembly Bill 113 will be heard in the Assembly Health and Human Services Committee.

Nevada Democrats have also proposed codifying ACA sections for health insurance companies to cover contraception and screenings for cancer and autism.

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