PAID SICK LEAVE SQUEAKS BY IN COMMITTEE BUT CHANCES OF PASSING FULL LEGISLATURE UNCERTAIN

A proposal to require companies to provide paid sick leave to thousands of workers in Connecticut passed out of a legislative committee by a paper-thin, one-vote margin but because of the new make-up of the state senate, its chances of passing the full General Assembly is in doubt.

Advocates hailed the passage of out committee as a first victory but similar bills have made out of the same committee four years in a row and have never become law. The Connecticut Business and Industry Association call the measure a job killer. Supporters say it a good and necessary public health issue. Gov. Dannel Malloy says he would sign the bill.

The state senate approved a similar bill the last time it came but Democrats have since lost seats and now its passage is in doubt.