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PSN on April 26, 2007 - 8:37am
We reported last week that Washington was on the verge of becoming the second state to enact family leave. The bill has now been signed by the Governor. While the bill was a compromise, with lower weekly payments (up to $250 per week) than is ideal and, unlike a House version originally approved, no provision to allow paid family leave to care for a seriously ill parent, the new law is a serious advance for parents needing the financial help to stay home with a new child.
Passage of the law was due to extraordinary work and mobilization by the Economic Opportunity Institute, which has long labored for the bill, and MomsRising, a key partner of Progressive States Network in promoting family-friendly policies. As MomsRising details, the campaign for the bill included 14,000 emailed letters, hundreds of phone calls, and many direct delegations to legislators, along with innovative visual strategies like assembling a massive display of Onesies decorated by members with messages highlighting the need for family leave -- all adding up to a tremendous victory for families.