MD lawmakers are hoping that 2017 is the year that state legislature will require employers to offer paid sick leave.
This week kicked off the 2017 Legislative Session of the Maryland General Assembly. It is an honor to have begun my 7th session representing the 46th District. In my roles as a Delegate and an Assistant State’s Attorney for Anne Arundel County, I have fought tirelessly to give voice to those Marylanders who need it most, including families, the LGBT community, and victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault.
Lead Sponsor for HB1: Maryland Healthy Working Families Act - We are thrilled to hit the ground running for the 90-day session by being the lead sponsor for House Bill 1: Maryland Healthy Working Families Act. HB1 supports families because, everyone gets sick, but not everyone can take time off when they do. Our neighbors are going to work sick or sending a sick child to school because staying home means losing needed income or risking being fired. Some 750,000 hard-working employees in Maryland have no access to earned paid sick days. Half of full-time Maryland workers making less than $35,000 a year can’t earn paid sick days.
More than 8 in 10 Maryland voters support allowing workers to earn paid sick days based on the number of hours they work, including 91 percent of Democrats and 64 percent of Republicans, according to a 2015 University of Maryland-Washington Post poll. We are excited to fight for this legislation to support Maryland families.
We need YOUR VOICE on January 23, 2017, at 7 PM on Lawyers Mall in Annapolis for the Rally to Support Working Families sponsored by Working Matters! RSVP here. Need transportation?
156 LGBT Elected Officials Call On President-elect to Advance LGBT Equality During His Presidency
I joined 156 LGBT elected officials in demanding the President-elect support equality for LGBT Americans of every race, ethnicity, and religion. This open letter urges the President-elect to appeal to the better angels of our nature, and govern with our shared values of inclusion, fairness, and justice. We are unified in ensuring all our constituents have a voice during the next administration. Read the letter: http://politi.co/2irYHKM #OutPower #LGBTleaders
I will share more updates about bills and ways to be involved as the session continues. As always you can reach me to share your thoughts or questions at email@example.com or 410-841-3303.
Save the Date
46th DISTRICT TOWN HALL
This year we will host our annual 46th District Town Hall on Saturday, February 4, 2017. Please join the District 46 Team- Senator Ferguson, Delegate Lierman, and our newest member Delegate Robbyn Lewis, and me at Harbor Hospital from 10 until 11:30. More details to come.
Keep in Touch
Visit us in Annapolis! If you are in Annapolis we love to see constituents, families, and school groups. You can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-841-3303. We hope to see you soon.
If you live in the 46th District and are interested in applying for a Legislative Scholarship from my office, applications will be due on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Applications will be available this coming week.
By Authority: Friends of Luke Clippinger; Melissa Evans, Treasurer