House and Senate leadership have moved quickly to send legislation to Governor Jay Nixon (D) regarding mothers nursing children, in part to honor a House colleague battling liver cancer.

Representative Rory Ellinger (D-University City)

Representative Rory Ellinger (D-University City)

Representative Rory Ellinger’s (D-University City) bill completed a fast-track out of the legislature Monday and awaits action by the Governor, likely later this week.

Ellinger’s caucus leader, Minority Leader Jake Hummel (D-St. Louis), thanked lawmakers in both chambers for honoring Ellinger.

“It’s a testament to a gentlemen who is well liked on both sides of the aisle, and whether or not they agreed or disagreed with his political stances, they knew that he was very heartfelt and cared deeply about all of his issues.”

Ellinger’s bill includes language to allow nursing mothers to opt out of jury duty with a doctor’s note, and addresses when and where women can nurse and how much discretion they must show while doing it.

See an earlier story on the legislation

Hummel says he believes Governor Nixon will sign the legislation in Ellinger’s district on Thursday or Friday.