'Paid family leave' bill clears state legislature, doesn't provide family leave

DENVER, Colo. (KKTV) - Senate Bill 188 is headed to the desk of Colorado Governor Jared Polis for signing, and will create a task force to research paid family leave and how to pay for it.

The Gazette (11 News partner) reports the Senate passed the bill Wednesday.

The bill previously would have provided Coloradans with 12 weeks of paid time off for a new baby or medical needs such as a sick family member. After debate on the sustainability and funding of the program, lawmakers scrapped that plan and instead decided to create a task force to determine if premiums would be able to cover claims.

The Gazette reports the task force could determine if a paid family bill passes next year. If so, the program would begin in 2023.