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Without Nutter's Signature, Paid Sick Leave Bill Becomes Law In Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Mayor Michael Nutter didn't sign it, but he didn't veto it and now a bill that forces a small number of businesses in the city to offer their workers paid sick leave is the law in Philadelphia.

Mayor Nutter last spring vetoed a bill that would have required all businesses in the city to offer earned sick leave. This fall Council passed a limited version, putting the requirement only on companies that have government contracts.

"The impact will be minimal," said Councilman Wilson Goode, who sponsored the bill. "In addition, what we're doing is setting a standard only for those businesses that choose to do business with the city."

Nutter opposed this as well and could have vetoed it. Instead he opted to let it become law without his signature.

"This one I did allow to move forward, but I do have some concerns. We'll seek to address those concerns in the future," Nutter explained.

Nutter's decision to let the bill become law also reflected a political reality: 15 council members had voted in favor, meaning a veto would have likely been overridden.

Reported by Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio 1060

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