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Two Ohio lawmakers pushing for paid medical and family leave

State Reps. Christie Kuhns and Janine Boyd, both Democrats, have introduced a proposal for a paid medical and family leave program. (WSYX)

COLUMBUS -- Today, San Francisco made history by becoming the first place in the United States to require paid leave for new parents. And two Ohio lawmakers would like to see something similar here.

State Reps. Christie Kuhns and Janine Boyd, both Democrats, have introduced a proposal for a paid medical and family leave program.

It would be administered by the state and covered by funds withheld from employee paychecks. Workers would receive paid time off to care for family members or spend time with newborn or adopted children.

"This will provide 12 weeks of paid to leave to employees in Ohio who will pay into the system and will be able to take the same leave you would be able to avail yourself of under the federal FMLA act, except it will be paid," said Rep. Kuhns.

If approved, it would apply to all employees. The program would be headed by the Department of Job and Family Services.

Right now the proposal is in the "baby stages," if you will. It hasn't been assigned to a committee but both sponsors hope by 2020 it'll be the law.

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