COLORADO SENATE BILL: Senate approves invoice to fund Colorado paid family and medical depart

DENVER (KDVR) – The Colorado Senate Finance Committee has passed Senate Bill 251 to fund a new paid family and sick leave insurance program for Coloradans.

The bill came from Proposition 118, a proposal that would require Colorado employers to grant 12 weeks of paid family and sick leave per year starting in 2024. The proposal also included four additional weeks for pregnancy-related health problems or childbirth complications.

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“With a 16-point profit margin, Colorado voters made it clear that paid family and medical vacations are a high priority,” said Ashley Panelli, associate state director of 9to5 Colorado and co-chair of the Prop 118 campaign.

Senate Bill 251, sponsored by Senators Faith Winter and Dominic Moreno and Representatives Matt Gray and Yadira Caraveo, will allow the state to transfer $ 1.5 million from the general fund to the Family and Health Insurance Fund. The transfer is a loan and will be repaid by December 31, 2023.

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The next steps in creating the Colorado Paid Family and Sick Leave Program include:

  • Financing the program with revenue bonds
  • Appointed a director for the FAMLI division in the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment
  • Including contributions from voters, employees and business owners to rules and regulations
  • Creating a website for the Coloradans to be informed about the status of paid family and sick leave

For more information on Senate Bill 251 and the FAMLI program, please visit

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