87 Delegates Pledge to Override Gov. Hogan's Paid Sick Leave Veto

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Widespread Support from Maryland Families & Delegates to Pass Earned Sick Days; Override Gov. Veto 

The Healthy Working Families Act (HB1) would expand access to earned paid sick days to more than 700,000 Maryland families.

Annapolis, Maryland – Working families from across Maryland and delegates from every corner of the state continue to build the strong momentum needed to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of the Healthy Working Families Act – HB1. As the override vote approaches a coalition of 160 organizations, Working Matters, is grateful for the 87 delegates who voted to pass HB1 and now have pledged their support to override the Governor’s veto – enough votes to secure an override in the House.

“We assembled diverse partnerships, heard from working families, small business owners, and health advocates from across the state, and crafted legislation that meets the needs of all Marylanders,” said Delegate Luke Clippinger, one of the co-sponsors. “We are so close to safeguarding the health and economic future of millions of hardworking families for many years to come – that’s why this fight is so important.”

0668bf43-1ef2-447b-896b-b58b77bb66ee-large16x9_paidsickleavemd.jpgWorking Matters, which has built a coalition of health, small business, faith, labor, and community organizations now counts among their strongest allies a significant number of influential Maryland legislators ready to cast their vote to override Gov. Hogan’s veto. For five years leading up to its passage, the bill’s sponsors partnered with advocates, business leaders, and legislators to craft a flexible and meaningful solution for the more than 700,000 Marylanders who cannot take time off work when illness strikes. This approach resulted in earned paid sick days legislation being greeted with widespread, diverse support in the Maryland Legislature as it passed with a veto-proof majority. When the next legislative session is called to order, legislators are in a favorable position to overturn the Governor’s decision.

“Earned paid sick leave has gathered widespread support across Maryland,” said Caryn York, Executive Director of JOTF, a key organization in the Working Matters coalition. “Legislators have heard our message and understand that it’s time to place working families at the forefront. We are counting on them to override the Governor’s veto.”

Maryland legislators aren’t the only ones who overwhelmingly support earned paid sick days. A recent Mason Dixon poll found that 74% of Marylanders support earned paid sick days based on the number of hours they work – which is exactly what HB1 sets out to do. The bill would allow full-time workers at most businesses with 15 or more employees to earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, with a maximum of five days (or 40 hours) per year, while employees of small businesses would earn the same amount of job-protected unpaid leave.

The Healthy Working Families Act gathered such widespread support in no small part because input was solicited from a diverse group of Marylanders. Throughout the five-year process, legislators heard from families from across the state who are facing impossible choices, like whether to send a sick child to school or daycare or lose that month’s grocery budget. They heard stories from caregivers, who are forced to go to work sick, thereby putting entire nursing homes at risk. They also spoke with Maryland businesses, which could save $132 million each year, largely from reduced turnover. In addition, HB1 bill sponsors reached out to Gov. Hogan’s office – unfortunately, neither the governor nor members of his administration were willing to join the conversation.

 “We’d like to thank the following legislators in the House of Delegates for standing up for Maryland families and voting to support the Healthy Working Families Act. We look forward to them casting one last vote to enable it to become law — the vote to override Gov. Hogan’s veto,” said Caryn York.

 

Speaker Michael Busch

Delegate Bilal Ali

Delegate Curtis Anderson

Delegate Angela Angel

Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary

Delegate Charles Barkley

Delegate Benjamin Barnes

Delegate Darryl Barnes

Delegate Erek Barron

Delegate Kumar Barve

Delegate Pamela Beidle

Delegate Talmadge Branch

Delegate Benjamin Brooks

Delegate Alfred Carr

Delegate Mark Chang

Delegate Luke Clippinger

Delegate Frank Conaway

Delegate Bonnie Cullison

Delegate Dereck Davis

Delegate Kathleen Dumais

Delegate Eric Ebersole

Delegate Diana Fennell

Delegate David Fraser-Hildalgo

Delegate Bill Frick

Delegate Barbara Frush

Delegate Tawanna Gaines

Delegate Angela Gibson

Delegate James Gilchrist

Delegate Cheryl Glenn

Delegate Ana Sol-Gutiérrez

Delegate Antonio Hayes

Delegate Keith Haynes

Delegate Anne Healey

Delegate Shelly Hettleman

Delegate Terri Hill

Delegate Sheila Hixson

Delegate Marvin Holmes

Delegate Carolyn Howard

Delegate Michael Jackson

Delegate Jay Jalisi

Delegate Sally Jameson

Delegate Adrienne Jones

Delegate Anne Kaiser

Delegate Ariana Kelly

Delegate Tony Knotts

Delegate Marc Korman

Delegate Benjamin Kramer

Delegate Carol Krimm

Delegate Stephen Lafferty

Delegate Clarence Lam

Delegate Jazz Lewis

Delegate Robbyn Lewis

Delegate Brooke Lierman

Delegate Mary Ann Lisanti

Delegate Eric Luedtke

Delegate Cory McCray

Delegate Maggie McIntosh

Delegate Aruna Miller

Delegate David Moon

Delegate Marice Morales

Delegate Nick Mosby

Delegate Edith Patterson

Delegate Joseline Pen᷉a-Melnyk

Delegate Shane Pendergrass

Delegate Andrew Platt

Delegate Elizabeth Proctor

Delegate Pamela Queen

Delegate Kirill Reznik

Delegate Shane Robinson

Delegate Samuel Rosenberg

Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes

Delegate Carlo Sanchez

Delegate Theodore Sophocleus

Delegate Dana Stein

Delegate Charles Sydnor

Delegate Jimmy Tarlau

Delegate Frank Turner

Delegate Kriselda Valderrama

Delegate Geraldine Valentino-Smith

Delegate Joseph Vallario

Delegate Jeffrey Waldstreicher

Delegate Jay Walker

Delegate Alonzo Washington

Delegate Mary Washington

Delegate Jheanelle Wilkins

Delegate Karen Lewis Young

Delegate Patrick Young

 

For more information, please visit http://www.earnedsickdaysmd.org/ and follow @Working_Matters on Facebook and Twitter.

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