Lawmakers indefinitely postpone paid family leave

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Legislature has approved a measure that indefinitely delays implementation of an as-of-yet unfunded law giving Washington state parents 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 by the Senate Friday on 38-10 vote hours after the House approved it on a 70-19. It now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature.

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.

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The paid family leave measure is House Bill 2044.