Small Children and the State House

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btrsweet
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I went to the State House recently, had an eye-opening experience, and I have some questions. I may be opening up a can of worms here.

1. Does the legislature or state have a babysitting service for a legislator's child?

2. Say a legislator brings his toddler to Augusta with him for the week, when that legislator is in committee or in chambers, who would be watching the child?

3. Is the state (say the people in the Democratic office for example) responsible for watching that legislator's child while her parent is in committee or at hearings or voting?

4. Is that legislator giving 100% to his position if he has a toddler he has to watch?

5. Is the state house a proper place for a small child to be all week long, week after week, when her mother and other siblings are back at home?

Beth O'Connor
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OH NO...LD whatever and act to provide babysitting services in the state house to engage mothers to serve in the legislature...or fathers who can't get carpentry work :roll:

private room must be made available for breast feeding :shock:

Calvin
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Not to mention,,,,,clinical nurse, food and housing allowance and in-house psychological services.

The plan for breast feeding is to have it out-sourced and people have been referred to a local company ( "Rent-A-Boob")
Many have gotten confused by this and show up at the governor's office. :roll:

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:lol: :lol: :lol:

COFFEE OUT THE NOSE AND ON THE SCREEN...Thanks Calvin...I can now start my day with a lingering smile!!!

Naran
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Is there a daycare facility at the State House, with services provided to legislators?

btrsweet
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That is one of my questions, is there daycare? My sources tell me this particular legislator has his young child up there either sitting on his lap when he's in chambers, following him around the halls, or being watched by pages or people in the Democratic offices. Another question is: are there any other legislators who do this? Any legislators care to answer the questions?

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I have had personal experience with this issue. The answer is there is no day care or babysitting service for legislators.

I once had my two youngest children in Augusta with me for a day. It was very difficult to deal with. They were 6 and 9 years old at the time. During the morning I signed them up to page on the house floor - so was able to hand them off the Clerk's staff who supervise the honorary paging program. After session I took them both out to lunch in the Cross Cafe - they enjoyed that.

The tough part was in committee in the afternoon. They both got VERY bored sitting in the audience listening to the proceedings. Even with books and gameboys (on silent) they only lasted an hour before acting up. I wound up putting them both in the member's lounge on the 4th floor with the TV tuned into "Sponge Bob Square Pants". That lasted another two hours.

There was an evening session - and an important vote - planned that night and I told House Republican leadership that I would have to take them home. So I wouldn't miss the vote, a Republican staffer volunteered to drive them to Belfast to meet my wife who picked them up. My wife was not happy with me at all.

Beth O'Connor
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A visit to the state house is grand fun for kids...maybe once for a short day... I wouldn't want my child stuck listening to political debate at such a tender age, that would be torture. They are kids, they should act up. I can't imagine having my 7 year old grandaughter with me...I would never get a thing done!!!

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Well, I'll be bringing my twins with me to work every day and I hope it will be fine.

Also, why have a private room for nursing? It's not like nursing is something dirty or gross. Why should a mother need to hide in order to nourish her child?

Ok... I should get off my soap box now.

Naran
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I think the nursing in public controversy has been addressed previously. I personally wouldn't do so where others could see me if I had a choice. I'd prefer to be somewhere quiet and private, better for both of us. To be really honest, milk doesn't flow as well in public settings. I would nurse under a shawl or blanket if needed and unavoidable. No, the baby won't die of suffocation.

As for the child at the legislature session issue, I think it's like anything else a parent does. Common sense and what's best for the child should rule. If it's truly unavoidable once or twice, fine. Not on a regular basis, and certainly not if the end result is distraction for the legislator and his/her fellows.

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A US Marine Aviator was on a commercial flight and the lady next to him had a fussy infant. She began to breast feed the infant and the Marine pretended not to notice. The lady said she was told that breast feeding would relieve pressure in the ears from altitude changes.

The Marine replied sady, "And all this time I've just been chewing gum."

Lenny
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Actually Naran, a large number of distracted legislators cant be any worse than what we currently have, right?

Catherine
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THAT IS FUNNY, ROGER!!!

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Some babies won't feed under a blanket. Either way, I won't be doing it, I don't think. Kinda hard to discreetly tandem nurse twins. :lol: That's what they make pumps and bottles for... I just respect a mother's right to nurse her baby wherever she is, whenever the baby is hungry.

Naran
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Me, too. I also respect the right of others not to be offended, and I am not personally into public nudity. Everyone has to make their own decisions on these kinds of issues.

Roger - that is very funny!
:)

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Catherine, your choice to breastfeed in public makes me giggle...but only because I'm a huge "Scrubs" fan (the TV show) and there's this surgeon on there called "The Todd" who has been known to blatenly stare at breastfeeding mothers. Kills me! Personally I think it's fine in public if that's your choice, but really, how would you feel if some weirdo just wanted to stare at you and baby...[i]supposedly[/i] only absorbed in the wonderful naturalness of breastfeeding?

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Do you see any flesh there besides the naked baby?

There are ways of doing it, without needing a shawl, and without letting it all hang out. And like I said, I WOULD have done it, if necessary, if my baby was hungry, anywhere... but the thing is, I am going to try to get mine on the same schedule and so if they are both hungry, I'll be darned if I am going to make a spectacle of myself with two babies... :lol: There is just no way to be discreet about that, so since I have to pack a bottle anyway, that's what I'll do.

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An Act To Facilitate Lactation at Workplace by New Mothers

SUMMARY
This bill requires break time for nursing mothers in the workplace and requires an employer to
provide a sanitary space, which must be close to the work area and may not be a bathroom, for nursing
mothers to express milk in privacy.

[url=http://janus.state.me.us/legis/LawMakerWeb/externalsiteframe.asp?ID=2800...

LD 373 (HP 280)
"An Act To Facilitate Lactation at the Workplace by New Mothers"
Sponsored by Representative Melissa Innes

Sponsors and Cosponsors
Sponsored By: Representative WALSH INNES of Yarmouth
Cosponsored By: Representative CORNELL du HOUX of Brunswick
Representative MCCABE of Skowhegan

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[quote="Catherine"]Do you see any flesh there besides the naked baby?[/quote]
No, but I think the mom would be well advised to invest in some diapers.

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[quote="Naran"]
As for the child at the legislature session issue, I think it's like anything else a parent does. Common sense and what's best for the child should rule. If it's truly unavoidable once or twice, fine. Not on a regular basis, and certainly not if the end result is distraction for the legislator and his/her fellows.[/quote]

Most of them are just trying to find new ways to suckle the public teat, so it's kind of fitting, IMO.

Mike Travers
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How about "An Act to Facilitate Production at the Workplace"? Anyone remember when workplaces existed to produce goods and sell them at a profit? You know, before they became places to promote fairness, provide career opportunities, enhance dignity, provide extra bathrooms for people unsure of their sexuality, practice recycling and pay taxes to support government that spends its time dreaming up more regulations?

Naran
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I'll second that motion, Mike.

BTW, I'm sure that any day, we'll see the appointment of an official "Lactation Facilitation Director" for the State House. Wouldn't you [i]love[/i] to be the sign painter for that new office door?
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"Our Motto ~ How to More Effectively Milk the System"[/i]

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I also get a large kick out of thinking legislature and common sense, because I truly think that as it is practiced in Augusta the two don't necessarily go together.

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I suppose from that angle you don't see much , Catherine , but I'd find a reason to walk over to the other side....Like girls who wear revealing clothes , you show it , I'll look at it...Just don't get upset when it happens...LOL... :wink: :lol:

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Why would you want to expose young children to this sort of atmosphere at their tender age? The adult behavior they witness cannot be good for them.

Naran
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Precisely, Bob. I think we need an ordinance, and a List of Offenders.

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