March 16, 2017-
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Businesses that have 15 or more employees would be required to provide paid sick leave for their employees under a measure that passed the Senate on Thursday by just enough votes to override a promised veto from Gov. Larry Hogan. All of the senators who supported the bill were Democrats. Four Democrats joined 14 Republicans to vote against it.
Supporters described the bill as an important measure for people who struggle to make ends meet and can’t afford to miss work when they are sick. Sen. Thomas “Mac” Middleton, the Senate Finance Committee chairman who crafted the measure, said people who don’t have paid sick leave lose 20 percent of their weekly paycheck, if they are too sick to come to work. “And when you look at those people that are impacted by this, they’re not wealthy people,” said Middleton, D-Charles. “They’re the person that was in the elevator with a ladder. Those are the type of people that this bill is intended to address.”