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Prince George’s council chair delays paid-sick-leave bill

The chair of the Prince George’s County Council has delayed efforts by several lawmakers to introduce legislation that would require employers in the county to offer up to seven days a year of paid sick leave.

Council member Mary A. Lehman (D-Laurel) said she and two of her colleagues expected that their bill, which would allow all county workers to earn one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours of work, to appear on the agenda when the council returns from recess Wednesday. But Chair Mel Franklin (D-Upper Marlboro) did not put the item on the agenda.

Paid sick leave is another battlefield for liberal activists and pro-business groups, following the successful campaign in Prince George’s to raise the minimum wage starting in 2014. Montgomery County approved a paid-sick-leave measure in June, and President Obama this week ordered all federal contractors to provide the benefit.

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