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CHARLESTON -

Women have been the hot topic in the state Legislator this session, and a bill the Senate sent back to the House on the last evening of the regular session is no exception.

House Bill 4335 relates to a Child's Right to Nurse and, if passed by the House of Delegates and approved by the governor, would allow women in the Mountain State to breast feed their children in any public place.

An effort by the Senate Health and Human Resources Committee was withdrawn on March 7. The committee attempted to add that a mother use "discretion" while breast feeding in a public location. The amendment, though adopted by the committee, was withdrawn during the floor session.

Sen. Chris Walters spoke about the bill saying he believed it was a step forward into providing women in West Virginia a healthy lifestyle for their babies.

"This bill will encourage all the mothers of our state to breast feed after a child is born," Walters said.

He said breast feeding has known health benefits and mother's in the state should be able to take advantage of them.

The bill passed the Senate unanimously. 

The Senate also passed House Bill 4343, West Virginia Project Launchpad Act,  and sent it back to the House.

House Bill 4284, the Pregnancy Workers Fairness Act, will be sent to the governor for his approval as will House Bill 4393, creating the Dangerous Wild Animals Act.

The dangerous wild animals act was amended by the Senate to exclude the sale of 6-foot long snakes not indigenous to West Virginia.