OLYMPIA — The House has approved a measure that indefinitely delays implementation of an unfunded law intended to provide state parents with five weeks of paid time off to be with a new child until the Legislature finds a way to pay for it.
The bill was approved Friday on a 70-19 vote and now heads to the Senate.
Paid family leave for state residents was approved by the Legislature in 2007, and was supposed to start paying benefits of up to $250 a week starting in October 2009. But without an agreed-upon funding source, the Legislature has postponed its implementation twice.
The paid family leave measure is House Bill 2044.