INDIANAPOLIS –On Monday, the Senate passed Senate Bill 253 authored by State Senator Karen Tallian (D-Portage). Senate Bill (SB) 253 calls for a legislative committee to study a voluntary paid family and medical leave program this summer.

Upon passage, Senator Tallian made the following statement:

“The purpose of the study committee is to identify potential benefits and costs of a voluntary program for Hoosier employers and employees.

“Other states have implemented their own paid leave programs. These other plans will be studied, but the ultimate goal is to find an option that fits well with our own workforce.”

On February 1, the bill was unanimously passed out of committee. Today, SB 253 was approved by the full Senate with a vote of 35-14. The legislation now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration.

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Sen. Tallian represents Senate District 4 which encompasses portions of northern Porter County as well as portions of Michigan, Coolspring and New Durham townships in LaPorte County. For more information on Sen. Tallian, her legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.IN.gov/s4.

NOTE: A photo of Sen. Karen Tallian can be downloaded at http://www.in.gov/legislative/senate_democrats/images/headshots/Tallian.jpg