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Vos doubts family medical leave law will be changed

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he doubts that the Legislature would vote to eliminate a state law that extends benefits to certain people above and beyond what is offered under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.

Vos said Tuesday that while he supports aligning Wisconsin’s law with the federal one, he does not think the Legislature will scale it back as advocates fear.

Members of the Keep Families First Coalition gathered Tuesday to urge the Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee not to kill the law.

The state chamber of commerce and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities are lobbying to require employers to only follow the federal law covering time off to care for a baby or loved one.

Wisconsin’s law extends benefits beyond what is allowed under federal law.

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