After earlier veto, Hogan proposes an alternative paid sick leave bill
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP/ABC7) —
After vetoing a previous bill, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is proposing an alternative paid sick leave bill.
Hogan said Tuesday he'll introduce it on the first day of the next legislative session in January.
The Republican governor vetoed a bill passed earlier this year by the Democrat-controlled General Assembly that would require businesses with 15 or more employees to provide five days of paid sick leave.
But Hogan says the bill is "deeply flawed" and would hurt small businesses.
Now, facing a likely attempt to override his veto, Hogan is offering a new bill.
Under Hogan’s proposed compromise, businesses with 25 or more employees would be required to phase in paid sick leave benefits over three years.
Hogan previously wanted the mandate to apply only to businesses with 50 or more employees.
But already his Democratic opposition is accusing him of playing politics, something Hogan says they’re doing.
This is likely to be the first big issue when the legislature convenes in January.