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A bill introduced in the Colorado legislature would give Coloradans 12 weeks of paid leave.

Senate Bill 188, the Family Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) Program, would cover numerous types of leave, ranging from care for newborns, receiving treatment for a major illness, leaving an abusive relationship or to help family members who are sick or dying.

SB 188 calls for paying up to $1,000 per week for up to 12 weeks for employees on leave.

The bill is set for its first public hearing on Wednesday.

If passed, the state would administer the program in the same way it does unemployment insurance. And all employees and employers would have to contribute to the program.

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