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Democrats in House of Delegates Kill Governor Hogan's Re-Districting Reform Bill Without Discussion

Governor Hogan opened this session with an ambitious open government package to combat the significant corruption we've seen in Annapolis recently. House Bill 385 was a crucial piece of that package as it would reform the way districts are drawn and end gerrymandering in the State of Maryland. Today, Democrats on the Rules and Executive Nominations committee chose to vote to kill the bill without so much as a discussion on it. 

 

"We are extremely disappointed that the House of Delegates has chosen to kill Governor Hogan's common sense redistricting initiative without even a discussion in committee. Democrats in every other state support initiatives like these and it's clear that the Democratic establishment is only hungry to keep their power instead of letting Marylanders decide who represents them," said Maryland Republican Party Chairman Dirk Haire.


House Democrats Don't Want You to See What They're Doing

Today, the Maryland House of Delegates passed a flurry of amendments to Governor Hogan's budget bill, House Bill 150. One of those amendments was Amendment 33, which passed 89-51. 

 


Democratic State Senators Speak Out Against Paid Sick Leave Bill

A handful of courageous Democratic State Senators came out with strong concerns about Senate Bill 230 dubbed the "Maryland Healthy Working Families Act." The bill would require businesses with 15 or more employees to provide employees with earned sick and safe leave that is paid at the same wage rate as the employee normally earns and require employers with 14 or fewer employees to provide an employee with unpaid earned sick and safe leave. 

 

Senators Jim Brochin (District 42, Baltimore County) and Bobby Zirkin (District 11, Baltimore County) recognized that businesses in their district mentioned that they could be forced to lay off employees if this bill passes.


ICYMI - Senate President Miller Admits Paid Sick Leave is "Onerous on Small Businesses"

Right now, the Maryland Senate is having a debate on Senate Bill 230 dubbed the "Maryland Healthy Working Families Act." The bill would require businesses with 15 or more employees to provide employees with earned sick and safe leave that is paid at the same wage rate as the employee normally earns and require employers with 14 or fewer employees to provide an employee with unpaid earned sick and safe leave. 

 

Today on the floor of the Senate, Senate President Mike Miller (District 27, Prince George's, Charles, & St. Mary's Counties) was forced to admit that Paid Sick Leave was onerous on small businesses and his fellow Democratic colleagues were not considering all of the circumstances.

 

At 2:00:00, he says: "If you've got one person doing everything, it's a lot more than that. These companies don't have payroll people, they don't have insurance companies involved. It's one person doing all the work and it's time to that person. It's worth it to me to get employee sick leave, but it's very onerous on small businesses."


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