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Senator King supports new paid family, medical leave legislation

Senator Angus King is standing with local business owners and showing his support for new paid family and medical leave legislation. (WGME)

AUBURN (WGME) -- Senator Angus King is standing with local business owners and showing his support for new paid family and medical leave legislation.

The Family Act emphasizes the importance of comprehensive family leave polices to support working parents and caregivers.

Senator King says some people are being forced to choose between earning money to support their family and taking time off to support their family.

Under this legislation, a small percentage of their payroll would go into a fund which would be there if or when they need it.

"None of us know when some kind of family emergency is going to strike, and the problem now is that there's a patchwork of this kind of coverage, some employers offer it, some don't, but in some states it's provided, in other states it isn't. I’m supporting a variety of approaches to this issue in Washington,” Senator King said.

Senator King will also visit four nonprofits in Lewiston to discuss domestic violence and youth homelessness.

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