Following the bill’s passage, Representative Tom Stevens (D-Waterbury) gave the following statement:
“This bill is a remarkable step forward, the fulfillment of a promise long delayed, and the result of much hard work and persistence on the part of members of both chambers. It’s hard for me to overstate the importance of this legislation.
Today, many working people in Vermont are forced to work through injury and illness. Parents are forced back to work just weeks or days after their child is born. This is unacceptable. This bill will ease the burden working Vermonters face on a day to day and week to week basis. I look forward to seeing this bill signed into law.”
Vermont Democratic Party Chair Terje Anderson added:
“Paid medical and family leave will have a tangible impact on the lives of people and families across the state and I’m very excited to see it move forward. However, Phil Scott has continued to indicate that he opposes the bill. In spite of his constant reiteration of the need to make Vermont more affordable to working families, Governor Scott continues to oppose measures that would support working and middle-class Vermonters. It is time for Governor Scott to put action behind his rhetoric and sign this bill into law.”