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Sick leave bill crowded out by minimum wage effort

Tuesday - 3/25/2014, 2:04pm  ET

NICK TABOR
Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Lawmakers say efforts to raise Maryland's minimum wage are crowding out the bill that would require employers to offer paid sick leave.

Sen. Thomas Middleton, a Charles County Democrat and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, says he won't bring the bill up for a vote.

Middleton says workers' rights advocates told him early on that the minimum wage hike was more important than sick leave. Since then, the wage bill has dominated the committee's schedule.

Del. Dereck Davis, House Economic Matters Committee chairman, said Tuesday there's only a remote possibility of examining the sick leave bill this year if minimum wage passes.

Middletown says it would overburden employers to pass both bills the same year, but the General Assembly will need to address sick leave eventually.


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