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Cuomo signs legislation that exempts breastfeeding mothers from jury duty

Posted at 12:14 PM, Oct 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-21 12:14:20-04

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKBW) — Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that exempts breastfeeding mothers from jury duty. According to the governor's office, mothers may postpone jury duty service for up to two years.

"While jury service is a critically important civic duty, we also know new moms oftentimes juggle countless responsibilities and navigate enormous adjustments in the early stages of their child's life," Governor Cuomo said. "This commonsense measure takes that reality into account by providing new moms the flexibility and option to postpone jury service while they care for a newborn."

Mothers must submit a note from a physician with a postponement application to postpone jury duty. The law takes into effect immediately.