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Maryland paid family leave program bill passed to governor

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers have passed legislation to create a paid family leave program. The Maryland Senate gave the bill final passage Thursday, sending it to Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

The measure was approved on supermajority votes by Democrats who control the legislature.

It would enable workers to take up to 12 weeks of partially paid leave for specified personal family circumstances such as caring for a sick relative, having a baby or fulfilling military deployment.

It would provide up to 24 weeks for a parent, if he or she has a serious health issue in the year of a child’s birth.