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Governor Hogan will veto MD Healthy Working Families Paid Sick Leave Act

Thu, May 25, 2017

Governor Larry Hogan announced his intention to veto paid sick leave, or the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act. At a press conference on Thursday, Hogan said he fully supports a paid sick leave measure, but he believes the bill passed is "simply very bad policy" and would hurt small businesses.

The Maryland General Assembly has the power to override his veto. If the legislatue calls for a special session this summer, the veto may be overridden sometime in June, July or August and take effect January 1, 2018.

If the General Assembly does not meet until the next legislative session, a veto override will be one of the first items of business when the legislative session convenes beginning  January 10, 2018. The legislation will take effect once the veto is overridden.

The Governor is proposing three Executive actions regarding paid sick leave:

  1. A study to develop new recommendations on best practices for paid sick leave.
  2. An Executive Order granting paid sick leave to all state employees (both contract and non-contract), resulting in 8,000 more individuals receiving the benefit.
  3. An order that all procurement officers give preference to all companies that offer paid sick leave.