Maryland lawmakers voice support for paid family leave bill
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Senate Democrats say now is the time to approve a paid family and medical leave insurance program in the state.
Senate President Bill Ferguson said Thursday that lawmakers are resolved to pass the legislation this year.
It would provide 12 weeks of paid leave for Maryland workers who take leave due to specified personal or family circumstances, such as caring for a sick relative or having a baby.
While the proposal has stalled in past years, supporters say the pandemic has illustrated how badly the program is needed.
The weekly benefit would be based on an individual's average weekly wage, subject to a cap.
"Simply stated - Paid Family and Medical Leave is imperative, imperative for the well-being of Maryland families, and workers, and businesses."— Bill Ferguson (@SenBillFerg) February 24, 2022
Proud to stand w/ @AntonioHayes40 @shellyhettleman Sen. Benson @MDSenate
Watch our full press conference: https://t.co/rPrZbwtNL4 pic.twitter.com/erQC9rioYO
Today I was joined by @SenBillFerg @MDSenate and many of my colleagues and coalition members to announce a piece of legislation that I have proposed for three (3) years SB 275 Time to Care Act of 2022 will be advancing in the Maryland Senate. #TimeToCare https://t.co/5kC8j5jZqo pic.twitter.com/TWHtcOQgK6— Senator Antonio Hayes (@AntonioHayes40) February 24, 2022