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State Sen. Ron Alting not happy with results of Senate Bill 342

A bill by State Senator Ron Alting of Lafayette to regulate working conditions for pregnant women has been stripped down to a summer study.

Posted: Feb 4, 2020 11:21 PM
Updated: Feb 5, 2020 12:04 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- A bill by State Senator Ron Alting of Lafayette to regulate working conditions for pregnant women has been stripped down to a summer study.

Alting is expressing his disappointment in the sudden change.

"I prefer this bill go back to its original form," said Alting. "Time is not on the side of women and infants. I'm very disappointed."

As we previously reported, the measure would make Indiana the 28th state with a pregnancy accommodations law.

It would have required employers with more than 15 workers to allow for reasonable adjustments when a woman is pregnant, like more breaks or less time on her feet.

State Senator Andy Zay of Huntington introduced an amendment that deleted all the described regulations and replaced it with a promise to assign an interim study committee.

It passed 34 to 15 Monday.

The bill faced opposition from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Indiana Manufacturers Association.

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