More Sick Leave?

State workers who also are disabled military veterans could get extra sick leave under a bill sponsored by two Duluth lawmakers.

The bill by Rep. Roger Reinert and Sen. Yvonne Prettner Solon, both DFL-Duluth, would allow state employees to apply for up to 40 hours more sick leave to treat military-related health issues.

A House committee approved the measure Tuesday, sending it to the House Finance Committee. It is being considered for a state government bill in the Senate.

Reinert said a Duluth veteran brought him the suggestion because he has to make a time-consuming commute to the Twin Cities for treatment.