© 2021 Maine Public
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Senate Vote Brings Maine One Step Closer To Having Paid Family Leave Policy

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A proposal to create a commission to develop a paid family medical leave policy in Maine has moved closer to becoming a reality.

The Maine Senate voted in favor of the proposal Thursday. The commission would be tasked with studying the best way to implement the medical leave policy.

Democratic Sen. Mattie Daughtry crafted the proposal, which passed by a count of 23-11 with some bipartisan support.

Daughtry said the proposal addresses the fact many workers are "forced to choose between financial security and personal and family wellness."