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Breast-feeding a civil right under new Washington law

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington is joining dozens of other states in protecting the rights of mothers who breast-feed their children in public places like movie theaters, parks and shopping malls.

A new law takes effect Sunday, building on a 2001 law that exempted breast-feeding from public indecency laws.

Under another new law taking effect Sunday, convicted felons will be able to reregister to vote once they're no longer on parole or probation. It removes the requirement that felons must pay off all debts before their rights are restored.

Other new laws:

  • A requirement that Washington-labeled wines have at least 95 percent of the grapes grown in the state.
  • Prohibition of gun ownership for mentally ill people who have been involuntarily committed for two weeks or more.
  • Teachers, school janitors and bus drivers must register as sex
    offenders if they are found guilty of having sex with students who
    are 18. The measure also applies to a foster parent who has sex
    with a foster child who is at least 16.
  • Protection of pets owned by people who take out domestic
    violence restraining orders.
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