ATLANTA (AP) – More than 450 Georgia state and public university employees have already taken advantage of a new law granting new parents up to three weeks of paid vacation.

Public school workers are also entitled to vacation, but school districts keep their own records and have not reported any figures.

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A total of 260,000 employees can now have paid time off after the birth, adoption or foster care of a child.

Previously, state employees were only entitled to 12 weeks of unpaid leave, as required by federal law.

House Speaker David Ralston, a Republican with Blue Ridge, made the move one of his priorities.