MDWF Executive Director Charly Carter released the following statement on Sick Leave Veto Override
“With a super-majority of 30 votes, the Maryland Senate voted to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto on paid sick leave, marking a huge step forward for working families across Maryland. More than 700,000 working men and women will now be able to care for themselves or their loved ones without sacrificing income, or risk losing their jobs. With both chambers of the Maryland Legislature voting to override Hogan’s veto, the paid sick leave will become law in 30 days.
“Just two days into the 2018 legislative session both chambers have taken a stand against Governor Hogan’s corporate,Trump-inspired agenda. By passing critical votes to override the veto on paid sick leave, the Legislature has proven their commitment to helping families achieve economic security and undoing harmful employment policies that penalize low wage workers caregivers and disproportionately affect women.
“Similar to Donald Trump, Gov. Hogan fails to understand the people he was elected to serve. He continues to push policies centered on corporations and billionaires while leaving working families in the dust. This is not the sort of leadership Maryland deserves.
“We applaud the Senate’s decisive vote on this critical issues but there is still work to be done in this 90 day session. We’ve called on the legislature to make 2018 ‘the year of the working woman’ — that means passing legislation that guarantees a statewide $15 minimum wage, fair scheduling for low-wage and hourly workers, and paid family leave. Enacting all of these measures will improve the lives of all Marylanders.”