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Pa. Senate Sends House A Bill That Would Pull Plug On Philadelphia's New Sick Leave Law

By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa., (CBS) – The state Senate has sent the House a bill that would overturn Philadelphia's new law, set to take effect next month, that would require business owners with at least ten employees to allow workers to earn paid sick leave.

Philadelphia Democrat Vincent Hughes led the unsuccessful effort to derail the Senate bill.

"It denies the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania the opportunity to govern themselves, even though they went through a very deliberative process."

But several Democrats, including Berks County's Judy Schwank, joined with Republicans in voting for the bill, which would prevent all Pennsylvania municipalities from imposing their own sick leave requirements on businesses.

"We need to have uniformity and consistency in policies across communities… that makes sense."

But Schwank says she wants the Senate to deal with the sick leave issue. A spokesman says while House Republican leaders will take a serious look at the bill, he can't be certain if the House will consider it before Philadelphia's law takes effect next month.


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