Hogan pledges to veto sick leave, says it's 'dead on arrival'

Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday promised to veto paid sick leave proposals advancing in the legislature, deriding the plans as business-killers designed to hurt his re-election campaign.

“If either of these job-killing bills reaches my desk, they are dead on arrival. I will veto them immediately,” Hogan said during a State House news conference. “They are a partisan attempt to put points on the board to use against me in a campaign in 2018.”

Hogan, a Republican, pushed his own version of a paid sick leave this year, but the Democrat-controlled General Assembly moved forward with proposals crafted by their members that would mandate paid sick time for a greater number of workers.

“We’ve been working on this for five years,” said Del. Luke Clippinger, a Baltimore Democrat and lead sponsor in the House of Delegates. “This is not a cunning plan to get him.”

Hogan’s refusal to endorse the legislature’s plans complicates efforts to approve the measures pushed by the legislature. While the House version passed with a veto-proof majority, preliminary votes on the more conservative Senate version suggest that chamber does not have the votes to override a veto.

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