PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ The Rhode Island House has endorsed legislation that would allow workers to take paid time off to care for a new child or sick loved one.
The proposal passed by the House Tuesday would allow four weeks of paid time off. Employees would fund the program with a payroll deduction that would cost someone making $43,000 a year 83 cents a week.
The benefit would be available to employees caring for a new child or sick or injured spouse, child or parent.
Advocates for children and the elderly support the legislation, but opponents say it could be burden for small businesses who must deal with vacancies.

California and New Jersey have similar programs.

The Senate has already passed similar legislation.  A final vote will send the proposal to Gov. Lincoln Chafee.