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Comment Firestorm Over Breastfeeding Scandal at Eau Claire City Council Meetings

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WPR Rebuttal

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Some news outlets erroneously reported the City Council of Eau Claire "banned children" (i.e., those younger than age 13 years) from being on the meeting platform or "dais." WPR Rebuttal disabuses the notion, instead finding the City Council banned "disruptive infant(s) / [and] toddler(s)."

The resolution itself -- which passed 7-1-4 on Tuesday, October 24 -- merely states, "...A limited exception to Council meeting protocol and standing rules of decorum is hereby
granted[,] permitting Council Members to have their infant(s)/toddler(s) with them on the dais during Council proceedings, on the condition the child does not distract from the decorum and
conduct of the business of the City Council..."

In other words: Young children -are- allowed, providing they do not disrupt the meeting. (Which might mean "interrupting the speaker by crying," etc.)

Our host, SenatorJPO, reads aloud the resolution (from page 92 of the 121-page agenda packet); weighs the pros and cons of the restriction, vis-a-vis the Wisconsin state statute that normally allows breastfeeding, 253.165 (except where the mother's child is not allowed); and airs viewpoints from the comment section!

WPR Rebuttal runs-down the most intense and incisive insights from the comment thread for the October 25, 2017 Wisconsin Public Radio article, "Eau Claire City Council bans children from Council dais following breastfeeding debate."