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Md. Senate approves paid sick leave bill

Bryan P. Sears//March 16, 2017

Md. Senate approves paid sick leave bill

By Bryan P. Sears

//March 16, 2017

(The Daily Record / Maximilian Franz)
(The Daily Record / Maximilian Franz)

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Senate has given final approval to its version of legislation mandating paid sick leave in the state.

The 29-18 vote fell largely along party lines. Four Democrats, Sens. Jim Brochin, James E. “Ed” DeGrange, Kathy Klausmeier, and Robert A. “Bobby” Zirkin, joined with Republicans against the measure.

The Senate version requires companies of 15 or more employees to provide five days of sick leave. A House version, now in the Senate, requires seven. The House and Senate will have to work out those differences and vote again before sending the bill to Gov. Larry Hogan.

The vote Thursday represents a veto-proof majority in the Senate on its version.

Hogan on Wednesday vowed to veto either version of the bill and declared it “dead on arrival” once it reached his desk.

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