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Maine Legislature Won't Take Up Earned Sick Time Bill

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine's Legislative Council is blocking progress of a bill designed to allow workers to earn paid sick leave.

Democratic Sen. Anne Haskell of Portland says her bill would have ensured workers the ability to earn up to seven days of paid sick time per year. The bill applied to companies with 11 or more employees.

The bill's failure in the Legislative Council means it won't go to the full Legislature in the session that begins in January. Bills on earned sick leave also died in the Legislature in 2007 and 2010.

Haskell appealed the Legislative Council's decision on the bill but did not succeed. She says the rule change is "a matter of public health" and that it was shot down along party lines. It's modeled after a Massachusetts law.