(Jan. 31) – Rep. Faith Winter sat up in her chair Tuesday night when President Donald Trump, in his State of the Union speech, said, “let’s support working families by supporting paid family leave.” 

A bill sponsored by Reps. Winter, D-Westminster, and Matt Gray, D-Broomfield, creating exactly such a family medical leave insurance program in Colorado was deemed such a high priority that Speaker Crisanta Duran made it the first bill to be introduced this session. 
  
“We disagree on so many other things, but I’m glad President Trump came out last night in support of paid family leave,” Rep Winter said. “I challenge Colorado Republicans to follow the president’s lead and put families first and support House Bill 1.”
  
“My bill creates an insurance pool to provide coverage for all Coloradans to care for a dying parent or a newborn, or to get chemotherapy or treatment of other serious medical conditions,” she said. “Any proposed family leave proposal needs to be accessible, caring for all workers for all kinds of leave; affordable for families and for businesses; and adequate, giving enough time for bonding and healing.”

HB18-1001 is scheduled for its first hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 6, in the House Business Affairs & Labor Committee. 

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