Delegate Kathleen Dumais

Democrat, Maryland House of Delegates District 15

Lawmakers Override Hogan Veto Of Paid Sick Leave

Friday, January 12, 2018  |  David Collins, WBAL-TV 11

The Maryland Senate voted Friday, 30-17, to override the governor’s veto of paid sick leave.

The vote came along party lines, but three Democrats voted against the override

The Maryland House of Delegates voted Thursday 88-52 to override the veto.

The bill requires employers with 15 or more employees to provide five earned paid sick days that can also be used to take care of legal problems and issues related to domestic violence. Republicans cited concerns over privacy.

Gubernatorial spokeswoman Amelia Chasse released a statement shortly after the Senate’s vote, saying, “Now that this political posturing is over, it’s time for the Legislature to get down to the business of fixing the serious flaws in this bill that Sen. Middleton and numerous others openly acknowledged today. Given their own admission that HB1 will hurt small businesses, we urge legislators to fast track the governor’s Small Business Relief Tax Credit to ensure employers aren’t forced to close their doors and lay off their employees. Instead of frantically trying to buy time by pushing off the effective date of their bill, legislators should come to the table and pass the governor’s compromise solution to protect workers and job creators.”

This report will be updated.

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