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Paid sick leave advocates scramble to get bill on governor’s desk quickly

Backers of a paid sick leave measure that’s been working its way through the General Assembly are trying to get a bill onto Gov. Larry Hogan’s desk as quickly as possible, hoping to force him to sign or veto the bill in time for lawmakers to override him before this year’s legislative session adjourns.

Both chambers have approved bills with veto-proof margins. The House bill — marked H.B. 1, a sign it’s a top priority for legislative leaders — mandates seven days of paid sick leave. It was approved 88-51, largely along party lines.

The Senate version, requiring five days of paid sick leave for companies with 15 or more employees, was approved 29-18.  (Companies with fewer than 15 employees would be required to offer five days of unpaid leave under the Senate bill.)

Read the full article from Maryland Matters.


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