Maryland Senate Overrides Governor's Veto for Paid Sick Leave

Maryland Senate overrides governor's veto of paid sick leave

That's one vote more than the 29, or three-fifths vote, needed.

The Maryland Senate has voted to overturn Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill that would prevent colleges and universities from asking prospective students about their criminal histories.

"Earned sick leave is widely popular across the state, and passage of this bill will make life a little easier for thousands of hardworking Marylanders", said Caryn York, Executive Director of the Job Opportunity Task Force.

But supporters of the bill said the legislation is the right thing to do and will ensure that more than half a million workers, many of whom are in low-paying jobs, are able to take time off when they are sick.

Hogan vetoed the measure, calling it badly flawed and damaging to small businesses.

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The move making some lawmakers like Republican Sen. The veto override comes in a big Maryland election year, when all 188 legislative seats are up for re-election and Hogan is trying to become the first Republican governor re-elected in Maryland since 1954.

The law requires businesses, including those on the Eastern Shore, to give employees earned sick leave.

Advocates have been trying to paid sick leave for six years.

Some lawmakers have been pushing for the bill for the last five years.

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".

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