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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has passed a measure to require paid sick leave for businesses that have 15 or more employees.

The Senate voted 29-18 for the bill on Thursday.

The vote is significant, because the Senate would need 29 votes to override a veto from Gov. Larry Hogan, who said Wednesday he would veto the bill in its current form.

All of the senators who supported the bill were Democrats. Four Democrats joined 14 Republicans to vote against it.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan says he would veto a bill requiring businesses with 15 or more employees to provide paid sick leave.

The Republican governor announced his intention during a news conference Wednesday

He says either a bill passed by the House or a measure nearing a vote in the Senate would be "dead on arrival." Hogan has his own proposal that would provide for paid sick leave for businesses with 50 or more employees. It hasn't moved forward.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is scheduled to vote on a measure to allow workers at companies with 15 or more employees to earn paid sick leave.

The Senate is set to vote on the bill Tuesday.

The Senate measure would enable employees to earn up to five paid sick days a year. The House of Delegates already has passed a bill to enable employees to earn up to seven paid sick days a year.

The two chambers will have to work out differences between the two measures to pass a bill this year before session ends April 10.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Supporters of requiring paid sick leave in Maryland will be praying for the sick.

They are hosting a day of prayer in Annapolis on Thursday afternoon in front of the Maryland State House.

They will be highlighting how nearly 300 faith leaders have signed a clergy letter in support of the Health Working Families Act.

Last year, the House of Delegates passed a measure to require paid sick leave, but the bill died in the state Senate. Lawmakers are trying again.

Gov. Larry Hogan also has proposed a bill.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is highlighting economic concerns in his third State of the State speech.

The Republican governor urged members of the Democrat-controlled legislature Wednesday to support incentives to attract jobs and help parts of the state that are struggling.

Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush prepared this report on the governor's remarks and the Democratic response.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is proposing legislation for paid sick leave benefits.

The Republican governor made the announcement Wednesday. He says his proposal will balance the needs of Maryland's employees while not hurting the state's small businesses.

Under the governor's plan, businesses with 50 or more employees will be required to offer paid sick leave of at least 40 hours a year. That would include the ability for employees to roll over a maximum of 40 hours each year.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure to require paid sick leave in Maryland is not moving forward in the Legislature this year.

Supporters of a bill requiring up to seven paid sick days released a letter on Monday from two leading lawmaker who say the measure will not advance this session.

Sen. Thomas Middleton, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, and Del. Dereck Davis, who chairs the House Economic Matters Committee, wrote that their panels recognize the complex nature of the measure and the potential impact it would have on the state's businesses and workforce.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Supporters of a bill requiring Maryland businesses to provide paid sick leave are planning a protest on Tuesday at a Baltimore Wendy's.

About 20 members of the group Maryland Working Families plan to rally at the fast food restaurant and educate diners about the legislation and the current sick leave policy of Wendy's.

The Healthy Working Families Act would require businesses with 10 or more employees to offer up to a week of earned paid sick leave.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Supporters of a bill that would allow employees in Maryland to earn paid sick leave say the benefits of healthy employees outweigh the cost to employers.
 
A cost-benefit analysis conducted by the Institute for Women's Policy Research found that providing employees with an opportunity to earn paid sick leave would save Maryland businesses $13 million annually.
 
The figure was provided Tuesday during a press conference in Annapolis, ahead of a hearing on the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act.