Republican senators stripped the parental leave language from the proposal earlier this week. Some suggested it could be attached to other legislation, and House boosters say they’re still optimistic it can be passed it some other form before the end of the week.
Georgia has long ranked among the bottom of states requiring paid leave benefits, but top officials have showed a new willingness to consider perks for new parents over the past year as national politics have shifted on the issue.
The original bill would have allowed new moms and dads — including K-12 teachers and University System of Georgia staffers — to take three weeks off following the birth, adoption or foster placement of a child. Currently, state employees can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave, which employers must offer under federal law.
Staff writer Maya T. Prabhu contributed to this article.