For the first time in 10 years, a paid family and medical leave plan is ready for a vote in the full state House.

After clearing the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday, House Bill 1116, sponsored by Rep. June Robinson, is ready for a vote on the full House floor. HB 1116 would allow workers to take up to 26 weeks of paid family leave for a new baby, to care for an aging parent or a sick loved one, and up to 12 weeks of paid medical leave for a worker’s own serious health condition.

Over the last few weeks, working parents, unions, small business owners, health care experts, veterans advocates and seniors groups have come to Olympia urging lawmakers to support HB 1116 – the only paid leave proposal that provides the minimum amount of leave health experts recommend. Meanwhile, the most recent competing Senate proposal would provide inadequate leave and benefits, puts the cost entirely on workers and leaves out too many working families altogether, even though they’d still have to pay for the benefit.

Representatives have until March 8 to pass HB 1116 out of the House.

Do you support paid family and medical leave? If so, please consider taking a minute to send an e-mail to your representatives.

Washington Work and Family Coalition

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