SB19-188 (Winter & Williams/Gray & Duran) FAMLI Family Medical Leave Insurance Program

Originally Posted: March 15, 2019
Last Updated: June 5, 2019

Summary

As amended, this bill would create a plan to implement a Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) program by 2024. To do so, the bill would create a FAMLI task force and require a third-party to study implementation options of this program in Colorado and report those findings and make recommendations to the task force by October 2019. In addition, the bill would require the analysis of an alternative approach to administering FAMLI entirely through the state, such as contracting with a third-party to administer parts of the program. The bill would also require an actuarial report be completed by an independent contractor by December of 2019.

Position

The Children’s Campaign supports this bill. 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. Paid leave also helps ensure that children grow up in families that are financially secure, which supports their healthy development. When children are born into families experiencing economic insecurity, it impacts their health outcomes, social-emotional and cognitive development, and economic outcomes later in life. Paid family leave is one way to promote financial security for families with a new child and to prevent children from experiencing poverty – and the associated negative impacts on their development – in their early years. The Children’s Campaign supports this bill as a way to allow new parents to bond with their newborns and give them a healthy start, and ensure that children can grow up in families that are economically secure.

Current Status

Signed by the governor on May 29 

Previous Statuses


March 15, 2019

Passed the Senate Labor, Business and Technology Committee on a vote of 3-2 and now heads to the Senate Finance Committee. Jacy Montoya Price, our Advocacy Manager and co-convener of the Raise Colorado coalition, and Sarah Barnes, our Manager of Special Policy Initiatives, submitted written testimony in support of the bill.

March 22, 2019

The Senate Finance Committee heard testimony on the bill and laid it over for action at a later date. Sarah Barnes, our Manager of Special Policy Initiatives, testified in support of the bill on behalf of the Children’s Campaign and the Raise Colorado coalition.

April 5, 2019

Scheduled to be heard in the Senate Finance Committee for action only on Tues., Apr. 9 at 2:00pm in Room 357

April 12, 2019

Passed the Senate Finance Committee as amended on a vote of 4-3 and now heads to the Senate floor for debate

April 19, 2019

Passed the Senate Appropriations Committee as amended on a vote of 6-4 and now heads to the Senate floor for debate.

April 26, 2019

Passed out of the Senate with a bipartisan vote of 20-15 and now heads to the House.

May 3, 2019

Passed the House as amended on a vote of 40-24 and repassed the Senate with House amendments. It now heads to the governor’s desk for signature.