Supporters of Paid Leave Reject Unworkable Committee Ammendment
Concord, N.H. – The New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 171-162 today to pass HB 628, a bi-partisan proposal to enact a family and medical leave insurance program in the state. The bill, having been reviewed by three committees and passed the House in three separate votes will now be sent to the Senate for consideration.
“This is a tremendous step forward in our efforts to pass this critical program for New Hampshire families. We applaud lawmakers for coming together across the aisle to find solutions for hard working families”, said Amanda Sears, Director of the Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy. “At a time of political divide in our country, it’s refreshing to see a majority of state lawmakers put people before politics. This bipartisan effort should set an example for the rest of the country of how to put party bickering aside in service of finding real solutions for real people.”
Prime sponsor Representative Mary Stuart Gile stood on behalf of the bipartisan group of sponsors in support of passing the policy, “We know that people all over the state want and are willing to pay for this program, it is supported by businesses and is based on sound and extensive research. It is also a critical benefit for employers to offer to attract the best workers to our state.”
The bill passed a series of hurdles prior to today’s vote, including opposition from House Leadership.
The bill now will head to the Senate with strong public demand and the support of over 100 businesses across the state.
“Paid leave helps aging workers stay in the workforce longer, increases success rates for substance use recovery, and leads to higher workforce participation among new parents. I’m thrilled that we’re one step closer to adding New Hampshire to the growing list of states who are leading the way on family friendly workplace policies”, said Sears.