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Family Leave Bill

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- A new family leave bill will soon allow mothers and fathers the chance to spend extra time with their newborm.

Right now, a task force of officials from the legislature, business, and family service sectors are meeting to discuss how the plan will be paid for.

One idea is to use part of the interest from the federal government's unemployment insurance. But, this plan would have to be negotiated with the federal government.

Legislative officials say the task force will allow this idea and others to be fully discussed. Democratic House Communication Director Melinda McCrady says, "Well we don't want something unfriendly to business and we don't want something unfamiliar to families."

Starting in 2009, the family leave program will provide up to $250 a week for up to five weeks for workers to take care of a newborn or newly adopted child.

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