According to 9News.com, Senate Bill 21 passed through committee today on a party-line vote. The bill would require employers to give employees the option to take unpaid leave to attend activities that their children are participating in, such as sports or school plays. Up to 40 hours a year would be available, though employers would be allowed to restrict the maximum leave at any one time to 2 1/2 hours.
What's interesting about the passage is that Democrats voted for it and Republicans did not. According to 9News, "House Minority Leader, Joe Stengel, said the proposal was "feel good" legislation that would ultimately harm the business climate in Colorado."
We know we're going to get angry responses from Republicans on this one, but we're just pointing out the obvious. For a party that touts "family values" as its biggest selling point, it's pretty clear that when push comes to shove, business takes priority over family. This is a bill that, let's face it, isn't going to seriously damage companies in Colorado; yes, we understand the arguments over productivity and all that, but at the end of the day most employees aren't going to take all of this time, and 40 hours out of an entire year is not a huge deal. Nine other states have passed similar legislation, and capitalism hasn't fallen as a result.
And what's wrong with "feel good" legislation anyway? Isn't government FOR the people? Shouldn't the legislature TRY to help out Colorado families?