Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation that protects breastfeeding mothers under the state's Anti-Discrimination Act.

The bill gives women the right to nurse a child in any place that is open to the general public, including stores, restaurants and municipal buses.

Under the measure, business owners and operators cannot deny goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages or accommodations to a woman because she is breastfeeding a child.

State Senate Democrat Rebekah Warren of Ann Arbor sponsored the legislation. She says she hopes the signing of the bill will start a culture change so that mothers feel comfortable nursing their babies wherever they're allowed to be, adding, "They'll do it longer, and the health benefits to both baby and mother will be maximized



Governor Rick Snyder has signed a package of bills protecting the privacy of firearms owners.

The bills exempt firearms records from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.

Supporters say the measure is a response to a New York newspaper that last year published names and personal addresses of gun permit holders in two counties north of New York City.

One of the sponsors, Republican Aric Nesbitt of Lawton, says the private records of law-abiding citizens who are practicing their Second Amendment rights will now be protected from public exposure.

The legislation allows full access of firearms records to law enforcement officials who are seeking information in the course of their official duties. A log of who accessed the records and the reason for doing so is now required by the new laws.