Maine House Speaker's Bill Would Create Family And Medical Leave Program

Mar 26, 2019

Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon in the House Chamber after her nomination November 18, 2016.
Credit Mal Leary / Maine Public

Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, a Democrat, has introduced a bill that would create a universal paid family and medical leave program in Maine.

Under the proposal, employees who have paid into a state fund could be granted up to 12 weeks of paid family leave and 20 weeks of paid medical leave.

A bipartisan proposal last year to create a paid family medical leave program was amended to call for a study on the costs and benefits of a program first. That bill was vetoed by then-Gov. Paul LePage.