Maryland One Vote Away from Paid Sick Leave State Number Nine

The eyes of the PSL world today are on Maryland. The House of Delegates yesterday voted to override Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of the Healthy Working Families Act,. If the Senate also votes to override the Governor’s veto, Maryland will become the ninth state to enact a PSL law.

In the House of Delegates, to override a veto, at least 60% of the members of the House needed to vote to override. The House tally in favor of overriding the veto was 88-52, three more than needed to meet the 60% threshold. When the bill was passed initially last May, 87 House members had voted for the bill.

The Senate is expected to take up the override vote today, Friday. In that chamber, 29 votes are needed to override, the exact number of senators who voted for the bill in May.

The Healthy Working Families Act requires employers with 15 or more employees to provide up to five days of paid sick and safe leave to be used for reasons relating to the employee’s or family member’s illness, injury or condition; for maternity and paternity; and for absences related to domestic violence, sexual assault or staking committed against the employee or the employee’s family member. The Governor has described  this bill as a “deeply flawed, job-killing” bill.

The eight states with paid sick leave laws are Arizona, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington.