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Important Policy Veto Override Votes Likely In Early 2018

Your call or e-mail can help uphold Governor Hogan’s 2017 policy vetoes that are subject to override votes when the General Assembly re-convenes January 10.
 
HB 1 – Paid Sick and Safe Leave – Applies to all employers with 15 or more employees.  Applies to part-time, full time and temporary employees.  Employers with 14 or fewer employees must provide unpaid leave.  Contains requirement for employer to verify reason for leave and therefore subjects employees to revealing sometimes deeply personal reasons for using leave such as sexual assault, domestic violence or mental illness for themselves or a family member.  Will be complicated to administer.
 
Action Requested:  Urge legislators to uphold the Governor’s veto and support Governor’s 2018 Compromise Paid Leave Bill which does not require employees to disclose personal reasons for using leave.  Phases in leave requirement over 3 years and does not affect employers with fewer than 25 employees.  See 2018 Compromise Proposal.  Read Veto Letter.


SB 1023 – Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission – Mid-Atlantic States – Regional Redistricting Act.  Only goes into action If NY, NJ, PA, VA, NC all adopt a substantially similar plan.  In Maryland the Legislature would not vote on the plan and the Governor is completely cut-out of the plan; other states could allow a vote (but no changes) to their state’s plan.  This is phony reform legislation.  Maryland should adopt a plan to serve the citizens of Maryland, not be subject to other states’ actions.  Maryland’s Congressional Districts are the most gerrymandered in the Country.
 
Action Requested:  Urge legislators to uphold the Governor’s veto of this faux Congressional Redistricting process and enact a real independent redistricting process as proposed by Governor Hogan.  Read Veto Letter
HB 694 and SB 543 – Higher Education Admissions Policy – Criminal History – Higher Education Institutions receiving state funds may not ask about criminal history (arrests or convictions) on admittance applications unless they state that providing such information will not cause them to be rejected.  This legislation does not differentiate between a conviction of shoplifting or a violent felony like rape, or armed robbery.  This affects both admissions for classes and campus housing.  Second chances are important but safety of young college students must be protected.  At a minimum, the legislation should differentiate between violent felonies and misdemeanors.   Read Veto Letter.
 
Action Requested:  Urge legislators to uphold the Governor’s veto and re-work this legislation to ensure safety of all college students

WE URGE YOU TO CALL OR E-MAIL MARYLAND LEGISLATORS SERVING CALVERT COUNTY AND URGE THEM TO VOTE TO UPHOLD THE GOVERNOR’S VETOES.
L.D. 27
Senator Thomas V. Mike Miller   
Voted Yes on all 3 bills
410-841-3700 
thomas.v.mike.miller@senate.state.md.us

L.D. 27 B
Michael a. Jackson             
Voted Yes on all 3 bills
410-858-3103          
michael.jackson@house.state.md.us

L.D. 27 C
Mark N. Fisher                                 
Voted No on all 3 bills
410-841-3231            
mark.fisher@house.state.md.us

L.D. 29
Senator Steve Waugh                     
Voted No on HB 1
and SB 1023
Voted Yes on HB 694/SB543
410-841-3673            
steve.waugh@senate.state.md.us

L.D. 29 C
Gerald Clark                         
Voted No on all 3 bills
410-841-3314            
jerry.clark@house.state.md.us