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The Latest: Colorado committee advances family leave bill

April 9, 2019

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a Colorado paid family leave bill (all times local):

5:20 p.m.

A Colorado Senate committee has advanced an ambitious paid family leave bill despite the objections of many business chambers.

The Senate Finance Committee voted 4-3 Tuesday to send the bill to the Appropriations Committee.

The vote came after Sens. Faith Winter and Angela Williams, the bill’s Senate sponsors, offered substantial amendments intended to alleviate employer concerns.

The legislation would create a state-run paid family and medical leave program so employees can care for newborns, for themselves and for others in medical and other emergencies without worrying about their jobs.

Many business chambers say small companies should be exempted from the program, which would require employer and employee contributions.

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12:10 p.m.

Colorado lawmakers are considering an ambitious paid family leave bill that’s opposed by many major business chambers.

The Senate Finance Committee considers possible amendments to the bill Tuesday.

The legislation would create a state-run paid family and medical leave program so employees can care for newborns, for themselves and for others in medical and other emergencies without worrying about their jobs.

Its Senate sponsors are Angela Williams and Faith Winter. They insist it’s a vital initiative in a 2019 Legislative session in which majority Democrats and first-term Gov. Jared Polis are prioritizing a broad range of health issues.

Business chambers say small companies should be exempted from the program, which would require employer and employee contributions.