- Associated Press - Thursday, February 8, 2018

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A bill establishing paid family and medical leave has been amended in the New Hampshire House to provide up to six paid weeks, instead of 12.

The House on Thursday voted 186-164 for the bill, which would be paid for via a voluntary contribution from employees equal to two-thirds of a percent of their wages. Participants would be eligible for 60 percent of their pay during time taken of 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.

Supporters said the program’s essential to strengthening the state’s workforce, caring for an aging population and supporting recovery from the opioid epidemic.

Opponents fear it wouldn’t bring in enough money to pay estimated clams and is unsustainable.

The bill goes to the House Finance Committee next.

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