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Senate Commerce Committee Republicans Reject Paid Sick Leave

Contact Name: Marina Altschiller

Phone: (603) 271-3207

CONCORD – Today, in a party line vote of 3-2, Republican members of the Senate Commerce Committee voted down SB 67, which would have established paid sick leave in New Hampshire.

After the vote, prime sponsor Senator Becky Whitley (D-Hopkinton) issued the following statement:

“When you're sick, you should not be forced to go to work. It’s bad for you, your co-workers, and your employer - and no one should be forced to choose between their health and their financial security. In New Hampshire, at least 1 in 3 private sector workers and 70% of our state’s lowest wage workers don’t have paid sick days to care for their own health, or the health of their families. This basic support is especially important now, during a public health and economic crisis that has only heightened caregiving needs and financial insecurity among working families. This bill is an important workforce initiative that helps us build a strong and future-focused economy in the Granite State, while also keeping our workplaces, communities, and all Granite Staters safer and healthier. I am deeply disappointed my colleagues on the other side of the aisle didn’t support this critically important legislation.”



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