SB 144                                     First Engrossed (ntc)
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to lactation spaces; creating s.
    3         29.24, F.S.; requiring each county courthouse to
    4         provide at least one lactation space for members of
    5         the public by a specified date; providing requirements
    6         for such lactation space; authorizing the use of state
    7         or private funds to provide lactation spaces in
    8         appellate courthouses; providing exceptions; declaring
    9         that this act fulfills an important state interest;
   10         providing an effective date.
   12  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   14         Section 1. Section 29.24, Florida Statutes, is created to
   15  read:
   16         29.24Lactation spaces in courthouses.—
   17         (1) Except as otherwise provided in this section, by
   18  January 1, 2024, each county courthouse must provide at least
   19  one dedicated lactation space outside the confines of a restroom
   20  for members of the public to express breast milk or breastfeed
   21  in private. The space must:
   22         (a) Be hygienic, clean and sanitary, and conducive to
   23  maintaining and preventing disease;
   24         (b) Be shielded from public view;
   25         (c) Be free from intrusion while occupied; and
   26         (d) Contain an electrical outlet.
   27         (2) The person responsible for the operation of the
   28  facility housing each district court of appeal may use state
   29  appropriated funds or private funding to provide a lactation
   30  space as set forth in subsection (1).
   31         (3) The requirements of subsection (1) do not apply to a
   32  courthouse if the person who is responsible for the operation of
   33  the courthouse determines that:
   34         (a) New construction would be required to create the
   35  lactation space; and
   36         (b) The courthouse does not contain a lactation space for
   37  employees which may be used by the members of the public and the
   38  courthouse does not have:
   39         1. A space that could be repurposed as a lactation space
   40  open to the public; or
   41         2. A space that could be made private at a reasonable cost
   42  using portable materials, contingent upon private funding being
   43  made available for those costs.
   44         Section 2. The Legislature finds that this act fulfills an
   45  important state interest.
   46         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2023.