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Local state senator going up to bat again for workplace pregnancy accommodations bill

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Local state senator going up to bat again for workplace pregnancy accommodations bill
Local state senator going up to bat again for workplace pregnancy accommodations bill

State Senator Ron Alting is authoring a pregnancy accommodations bill again this year with Senate Bill 246.

And Governor Holcomb wants to see it passed.

Legislative session, state senator ron alting is authoring a pregnancy accommodations bill again.

This is an effort to lower indiana's high infant and maternal mortality rate.

News 18's anna darling shares more about the bill.

And what an indiana organization is doing to help hoosier mothers.

If state senator ron alting has learned one thing in 23 years of serving in the senate it's this: "that the key is being persistent, persistent and persistent and that's what i'm doing once again" 6.8 hoosier babies died in 2018 for every 1-thousand live births.

Governor eric holcomb named it as one of his priorities again this year in his state of the state address.

"changes in the workplace that will be common sense changes, and will not cost businesses one penny but they do it because it's the right thing to do" common sense changes like seating, breaks for pumping breast milk anf to recover from childbirth.

Ceo of the indiana rural health association cara veale says there may be stigma around pregnancy in the workplace.

"how many feel like they wouldn't be supported within their workplace if they disclose their pregnancy and then requested things like light duty and or modified work requirements?

It is important" irha is helping moms in counties with the highest infant mortality rates with the healthy start indiana program.

Joanah wischmeier runs the program.

"they have continued follow up with our peri-natal navigators, community health workers, whatever their needs are" from physical and mental health checks, helping getting insurance or access to supplies.

"if they need diapers or if they need stuff dropped off on their front porch or they need other means of help, we can connect them with other resources in the community."

Alting says adding his bill to women's arsenal will only help.

"which will save mothers and children in the state of indiana" anna darling news 18 alting's bill so far has bipartisan support.

It's been co-authored by two republicans and two democrats.

It is currently set to go before the senate pensions and labor committee for a first reading.

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