August 7, 2022

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Colorado legislature moves to adopt its first parental leave policy

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When state Sen. Brittany Pettersen gave birth to her son, Davis, during the 2020 lawmaking term, the only way the Lakewood Democrat could take time off and avoid being docked pay was to have her pregnancy deemed a “long-term illness.”

That’s because the statutes governing the legislature dictate that a lawmaker who misses more than a third of the 120-day session should have their salaries reduced unless the Senate president or House speaker designates their absence as being due to a chronic illness.

“It’s obvious that these laws were not set up for women in the legislature,” Pettersen said.

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Jesse Paul

2022-04-04 04:15:00

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