Colorado committee advances family leave bill

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DENVER (AP) - A Colorado Senate committee has advanced an ambitious paid family leave bill despite the objections of many business chambers.

The Senate Finance Committee voted 4-3 Tuesday to send the bill to the Appropriations Committee.

The vote came after Sens. Faith Winter and Angela Williams, the bill's Senate sponsors, offered substantial amendments intended to alleviate employer concerns.

The legislation would create a state-run paid family and medical leave program so employees can care for newborns, for themselves and for others in medical and other emergencies without worrying about their jobs.

Many business chambers say small companies should be exempted from the program, which would require employer and employee contributions.