New Hampshire House passes paid family leave bill
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The House approved a paid family and medical leave bill on Wednesday, sending it to Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, who remains opposed to it and is championing a competing plan.
The House voted 219-142 to pass a bill that the Senate approved last month. The plan calls for up to 12 weeks of paid leave for the birth, adoption or fostering of a child, a serious illness not related to employment or the serious illness of a spouse or certain other relatives. It would require businesses to provide insurance or send 0.5 percent of employees’ weekly wages to the state.
Rep. Manny Espitia, D-Nashua, described how his father twice left work to take care of him — once when he was ill as a toddler and again 18 years later and tried to take his own life via a drug overdose.