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Lamont says he’d veto current version of family leave bill

HARTFORD  — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont says he’ll veto a proposal creating a paid family medical leave program, saying the current version of the bill is too “top heavy” with bureaucracy and requires further negotiations.

The Democrat said Wednesday he was surprised to hear the Democratic-controlled Senate was considering voting on the bill in its current form. Senate Democratic leaders say they plan to move forward with the vote on Wednesday.

Lamont is not ruling out a vote on a revised bill in a special session. He has already called for a special session vote on electronic highway tolls.

Under the bill, FML benefits would be funded through a 0.5 percent payroll tax on every Connecticut employee. Individuals could use the money to take up to 12 weeks off from work to care for a loved one or newborn.

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