A bill establishing an earned family leave insurance program passed a legislative committee along strict party lines but its fate in the House and Senate is uncertain because of a predicted $20 million startup cost.
Rep. Patricia Billie Miller, a Democrat from Stamford and the assistant House majority leader, voted against a nearly identical Senate bill Tuesday but voted in favor of the House bill because she said she was told by her caucus leadership the state would not borrow to cover the startup cost.
“Proponents can work on it” if it gets voted out, Miller said. “We have the right to change our vote on the floor.”
The Senate bill was rejected by a 26-25 vote in...