I'm happy to announce that last night, HB 1001, or the FAMLI Act, passed its first test on its way to becoming a law. After hours of testimony and debate, the FAMLI Act passed out of the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee. It will now head to the House floor for discussion.
If signed into law, the FAMLI Act would create a paid family leave insurance program for Colorado employees. Entirely funded and sustained through employee contributions, the program would allow employees to be paid out of an insurance fund if they needed to take leave for their own serious illness, to take care of an ill family member or a new child, as well as certain military family needs.
I am proud to be sponsoring this bill with Rep. Faith Winter. She has carried paid family leave bills the past three years and is a constant champion of working families.
As anyone who has been lucky enough to have access to paid leave knows, its advantages are numerous. Children from families who have access to paid leave are generally healthier, and it can decrease the chances of postpartum depression. It also gives seniors the chance to age in place while being cared for by their family members.
Colorado’s working families shouldn’t have to make the choice between paying rent and caring for a loved one and this bill would release them from that impossible choice. My wife and I were able to take paid family leave when we had our children and it’s something that everyone should be able to reap the benefits of.
Finally, thank you to everyone who attended and spoke at the rally, as well as everyone who testified. We immensely appreciate your support and your time.
Please continue to reach out to my office if you have any questions or concerns. For information about other legislation I’m sponsoring, please see my website.