The bill was approved by the Senate Friday on 38-10 vote hours after the House approved it on a 70-19. It now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature.
Paid family leave for state residents was approved by the Legislature in 2007, and was supposed to start paying benefits of up to $250 a week starting in October 2009. But without an agreed-upon funding source, the Legislature has postponed its implementation twice.
The paid family leave measure is House Bill 2044.