|The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act
The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, also known as the Paid Sick Leave Bill, is now on the path to becoming law. The House passed the bill with a tallying vote of 88-52, three votes more than the minimum to override, while the Senate voted 30-17, one vote over the three-fifths vote needed. The bill requires employers with more than 15 full-time workers to provide employees with a minimum of five days of earned sick leave per year. It will allow over 700,000 Marylanders to no longer have to make an impossible choice of whether or not to sacrafice their personal health or the health of their children with the fear of losing their job or vital income. The bill exempts seasonal businesses, and employers who already offer comparable benefits so they will not have to make any changes. We are excited to bring in this win for Maryland’s working families.
Maryland Fair Access to Education Act
After they voted on the paid sick leave bill, the House immediately jumped to the next bill, the Maryland Fair Access to Education Act, also known as the “Ban the Box on College Admissions”. The bill prohibits institutions of higher education from using information about the criminal history of applicants on specified admissions applications, preventing them from being able to automatically or unreasonably restrict a student’s admission based on that student’s criminal history. The House passed the bill with a 90 to 50 vote, while the Senate passed it by a vote of 32 to 15.