HB18-1001 (Winter & Gray/Donovan) FAMLI Family Medical Leave Insurance Program

Originally Posted: January 19, 2018
Last Updated: May 4, 2018

Summary

This bill creates the Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) program to provide partial wage-replacement benefits to an eligible individual who takes leave from work to care for a new child or a family member with a serious health condition or who is unable to work due to the individual’s own serious health condition.

Position

Early bonding between a parent and a newborn is critical for a young child’s development. Allowing parents to be present at a hospital to care for a sick child at any age helps reduce the length of hospital stays, and improves future child health outcomes. Paid leave helps parents take time during a critical period to care for their young child and develop a connection that will support their child’s healthy development. Research shows that paid leave can reduce infant mortality and improve maternal physical and mental health. It also gives new parents time to breastfeed, attend well-child visits, and detect developmental delays earlier. The Children’s Campaign supports this bill as a way to ensure that new parents can bond with their newborns and give them a healthy start.

Current Status

The bill died in the Senate, State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee on a vote of 3-2

Previous Statuses


February 2, 2018

Assigned to the House Business Affairs & Labor Committee, where it will be heard on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 1:30 p.m. in LSB-A

February 23, 2018

The bill passed the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee on a party line vote of 7-6 as amended, and now heads to the House Finance Committee

March 2, 2018

Assigned to the House Finance Committee where it is scheduled to be heard on Mar. 7 upon adjournment in the Legislative Services Building, Room LSB-A

March 9, 2018

Passed the House Finance Committee on a vote of 7-6 and now heads to the House Appropriations Committee

April 6, 2018

Passed the House Appropriations Committee on an 8-5 vote and passed 2nd reading on the House floor. It now awaits a final vote in the House.

April 20, 2018

Passed the House on a vote of 35-29 and now heads to the Senate

April 27, 2018

Assigned to the Senate, State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee where it is scheduled to be heard on Monday, Apr. 30 at 1:30pm in SCR 357