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TN Gov. Lee changes course on offering 12 weeks of paid family leave

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is backpedaling on a promise to offer up to 12 weeks of annual paid family leave for state workers through an ex...
Bill Lee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee isbackpedaling on a promise to offer up to 12 weeks of annual paid family leave forstate workers through an executive order.

Instead, the Republican said Wednesday that he will pursuethe idea through legislation in a skeptical GOP-dominated Statehouse.

Lee originally announced the executive order in earlyJanuary, saying that it would apply to approximately 38,000 full-time executivebranch employees who had at least a year of service. 

However, lawmakers have remained tepid toward Lee’sexecutive order despite support from family advocates.