By STEPHEN SINGER   AP Business Writer
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The Connecticut Senate has narrowly
passed legislation requiring businesses to offer employees paid
sick time.

The 18-17 vote follows six hours of debate Wednesday and marks a
big victory for unions and their allies who have pushed for the
legislation for years. Businesses have vigorously fought the
measure, saying it will kill jobs.

The measure now heads to the state House of Representatives. If
it passes there, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has promised to sign it into
law, the first in the nation.

Malloy’s Republican predecessor, Gov. M. Jodi Rell, threatened
to veto previous paid sick leave measures that eventually died in
the Legislature.

Beginning Jan. 1, businesses with more than 50 workers would
allow employees to begin accruing one hour of sick leave for each
40 hours worked.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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