Md. delegates OK paid sick leave

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland House of Delegates has voted to require paid sick leave in Maryland.

The House voted 88-51 on Friday for the bill. The Senate is considering a similar bill.

The measure would require businesses with at least 15 employees to provide earned paid sick leave. Businesses with 14 or fewer employees would have to provide unpaid sick leave.

Supporters have been trying to pass the legislation for five years. The House passed a similar bill last year, but it stalled in the Senate.

This year, lawmakers have taken the issue up earlier in the session to better enable the two chambers to work out differences before the session ends April 10.

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