INDIANAPOLIS – Today, State Senator Karen Tallian’s (D-Ogden Dunes) proposal on paid family leave, Senate Bill (SB) 496, was approved with a vote of 10-1 in the Senate Pensions and Labor Committee. Sen. Tallian had the following comments on the bill’s progress:

“I’m very happy that this important legislation to establish a voluntary family leave insurance program was approved by the committee today. In Indiana, a lack of proper, paid family leave hurts Hoosier families both emotionally and economically. Those who require time off from work to care for a newborn child or elderly parent need legislation such as this to maintain their bills and other living expenses.

“My bill directs the Department of Insurance (DOI) to develop a proposal for an insurance program that would provide wages for those who need to take leave. By tapping into DOI’s expertise, we can design an affordable family leave program available to any Hoosier.”

SB 496 now moves to the full Senate for further consideration.