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State reps propose 12 weeks of paid family leave

(WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Working families in Ohio shouldn't have to choose between earning a paycheck and protecting their families.

That's what two state democrats are saying while pushing for paid family leave in Ohio.

If it gets passed, it would create Ohio's first-ever family and medical leave insurance program.

State Representatives Christie Kuhns (D-Cincinnati) and Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) have introduced a paid medical and family leave program, administered by the state and covered by funds withheld from employee paychecks.

Workers would receive paid time off to care for family members or spend time with newborn or adopted children.

"This will provide 12 weeks of paid leave to employees in Ohio, who will pay into the system and will be able to take the same leave you would be able to avail yourself under the federal FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act) act, except it will be paid," said Kuhns.

The proposal would apply to all employees; those with better paid parental leave through work could opt out.

Gail Dudley, CEO of "Ready Publication," is a fan. She's trying to expand her business and is looking to hire.

"I believe it's so important for us to be able to have some sort of benefit package to share to be competitive, to attract top quality talent," said Dudley.

The proposal hasn't been assigned to a committee.

But both sponsors hope by 2020, it'll be the law.

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