Wa. state employees, students could take off religious holidays under bill

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House Bill 5173 unanimously passed the Senate Tuesday after members agreed to accept several amendments made by the House. The House previously approved the legislation on a 64-32 vote.

The measure as approved by the full Legislature would require state agencies and agency subdivisions to give employees two unpaid days off per year for reasons of faith, conscience, or for religious events.

State agencies would have to allow their employees to take the unpaid absences on specific days that have religious significance, unless the employee being gone those days would affect public safety or cause undue hardship.

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