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Colorado voters approve paid family leave (and other school and family election updates)

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Colorado voters have approved a new paid family and medical leave law. The measure had the support of 57 percent of voters as of 10:00 p.m. — a lead of nearly 400,000 votes.

Under the new law, Colorado would require that employers provide 12 weeks of paid time off for childbirth and family emergencies. Nine other states and Washington, D.C., have created similar programs in the last two decades.

Labor reformers have been trying to pass a similar law in Colorado since 2014, but it has failed each time in the legislature. This year, after legislative efforts fell apart yet again, advocates instead decided to put the measure on the ballot. It’s the first time that voters in any state have been asked to decide on a paid leave law.




-Colorado Public Radio


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