NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee said Wednesday he won’t revive his push from early last year to offer paid family leave to state workers.
Last January, Lee announced an executive order to offer up to 12 weeks of annual paid family leave for state workers who become parents, care for a family member, or experience other life-changing events.
The policy, however, did not arrive at its launch date in March.
Lee received a very good reception from fellow Republicans in the GOP super majority legislature and withdrew the order, saying it would instead employ lawmakers to pursue a version of paid family leave through a bill, perhaps by reducing what had been announced. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, that idea and many other proposals were sidelined in favor of a narrower focus for lawmakers.
Since then, one of Republican’s top supporters of politics, former Senator Steve Dickerson of Nashville, lost his re-election in November. Democratic lawmakers also pushed for paid family leave in Tennessee, with some proposals coming before Lee took over the case.
Lee said lawmakers could bring some sort of paid family leave bill again this year, but not …
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