Colorado businesses will not have to participate in a statewide family-leave program for employees, after a committee of the state Legislature on Wednesday rejected a new attempt to get an employee-funded system for all workers up and going.

The issue of offering such a system -- one that ensures workers who don’t have family-leave benefits through their jobs can take time off to care for loved ones while getting paid -- has come up during three of the past four years in the Legislature.

And House Bill 1307, sponsored by state Rep. Faith Winter, D-Westminster, made it further than either of the previous efforts.

HB 1307 gained approval from the Democratic-majority House on Friday before dying in the Republican-dominated Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee on a party-line vote.

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