House committee endorses proposed family leave expansion for state workers

A House committee has endorsed passage of Governor Noem’s proposal to expand paid family leave for state workers.

It would also set up a method for local governments and private businesses to participate. A separate bill would supply that grant money.

On an 11-0 vote, the House State Affairs Committee recommended sending HB 1151 to the Appropriations Committee for further consideration.

The state would pay for 100-percent of family leave for up to 12 weeks.

Other governments and businesses that participate can join and tailor the leave as they see fit.

Several business, insurance, and state employee groups spoke in favor of the proposal.

There was no opposition testimony.


February 9, 2023