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Colorado’s paid family leave bill is near-collapse, with a fight to come

Alex Burness, Denver Post

On Friday, Feb, 21, the governor’s staff had a call with the four sponsors of a bill that would mandate Colorado businesses provide paid family and medical leave to their workers.

The lead sponsor and the face of the bill, Sen. Faith Winter, a Westminster Democrat, has been trying to pass it for six years. She and her three Democratic co-sponsors — Reps. Matt Gray and Monica Duran, and Sen. Angela Williams — had, in recent weeks, finalized a proposal that they all felt could pass out of the state legislature and win the signature of Gov. Jared Polis.

On that Friday call, the group agreed they would hold a news conference three days later, on the 24th, to tout the bill. The governor and the lawmakers would speak, and the bill would be formally introduced soon thereafter. By May, they hoped, the bill would be law.

But on Sunday night, the four sponsors had another call, arranged by Duran.

Ahead of that call, Winter said after the fact, “I thought maybe we were going to be deciding between two different times for the press conference.”

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But there would be no news conference.

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