Roll Call! House Votes to Mandate Paid Sick Leave

Roll Call Graphic.
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PASSED
in the State House of Representative
on February 3, 2016 by a vote of

81-64 

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Purpose: To mandate that employers provide employees with paid leave time to care for themselves or family members when ill. (Read the Bill)
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Analysis: This bill is a de facto tax on mostly small/micro businesses. According to the Joint Fiscal Office, “the total cost to employers of extending sick leave coverage to Vermont workers to be approximately $3.6 to $8.2 million dollars from the effective date until December 31, 2017 and between $6.2 and $14.3 million dollars annually thereafter.”
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The bill would allow an employee to accrue “not less than one hour of earned sick time for every 52 hours worked,” with a maximum number of hours accrued set at  24 hours in a 12-month period from January 1, 2017 until December 31, 2018 and then a maximum of 40 hours in a 12-month period after December 31, 2018.
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It doesn’t apply to temporary or seasonal or temporary workers.
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Most businesses in Vermont offer some form of paid leave, either formal or informal, as a way to attract and keep employees. The ones that don’t tend to be very small, operating from payroll to payroll. This is yet another burden placed on small businesses, and it is irresponsible for the state to assume small, cash poor businesses can absorb between $80 and $100 per employee, per day off (as Senators testified during floor debate).
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Mandating paid sick leave is really just a way to levy a hidden $14 million “tax” without having to call it a tax increase or be accountable for a tax in an election year.
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House Journal, Wednesday, February 17, 2016. “Shall the House concur to the Senate proposal of amendment? was decided in the affirmative. Yeas, 81. Nays, 64.” (Read the Journal, p. 218-238)
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Related Material: 
Commentary: Paid sick leave a cynical issue for 2016

How They Voted

(Click on your Rep’s name to send an email)

Janet Ancel (D-Calis) – YES

Bob Bancroft (R-Westford) – NO

John Bartholomew (D-Hartland) – YES

Fred Baser (R-Bristol) – NO

Lynn Batchelor (R-Derby Line) – NO

Scott Beck (R-St. Johnsbury) – NO

Steven Berry (D-Manchester Center) – YES

Stephen Beyor (R-Highgate Springs) – NO

Clement Bissonnette (D-Winooski) – YES

William Botzow (D-Bennington) – YES

Carolyn Branagan (R-Georgia) – NO

Patrick Brennan (R-Colchster) – NO

Timothy Briglin (D-Thetford) – YES

Cynthia Browning (D-Arlington) – NO

Thomas Burditt (R-West Rutland) – NO

Mollie Burke (P/D-Brattleboro) – YES

Sarah Buxton (D-Tunbridge) – YES

William Canfield (R/D-Fair Haven) – NO

Stephen Carr (D-Brandon) – YES

Robin Chestnut-Tangerman (P-Middletown Springs) – YES

Kevin Christie (D-White River Jct.) – ABSENT

Alison Clarkson (D-Woodstock) – YES

Joanna Cole (D-Burlington) – YES

James Condon (D-Colchester) – NO

Daniel Connor (D-Fairfield) – YES

Charles Conquest (D-Wells River) – YES

Sarah Copeland-Hanzas (D-Bradford) – YES

Timothy Corcoran (D-Bennington) – NO

Lawrence Cupoli (R-Rutland) – NO

Leigh Dakin (D-Chester) – YES

Maureen Dakin (D-Colchester) – NO

Paul Dame (R-Essex Junction) – NO

Susan Davis (P/D-Washington) – YES

David Deen (D-Putney) – YES

Dennis Devereux (R-Belmont) – NO

Eileen “Lynn” Dickinson (R-St. Albans) – NO

Anne Donahue (R-Northfield) – NO

Johannah Donovan (D-Burlington) – YES

Alyson Eastman (I-Orwell) – NO

Alice Emmons (D/W-Springfield) – YES

Debbie Evans (D-Essex) – ABSENT

Peter Fagan (R-Rutland) – NO

Martha Feltus (R-Lyndonville) – NO

Rachael Fields (D-Bennington) – YES

Larry Fiske (R-Enosburg Falls) – NO

Robert Forguites (D-Springfield) – YES

William Frank (D-Underhill) – YES

Patsy French (D-Randolph) – YES

Douglas Gage (R-Rutland) – NO

Marianna Gamache (R-Swanton) – NO

Diana Gonzalez (P/D-Winooski) – YES

Maxine Grad (D-Moretown) – YES

Rodney Graham (R-Williamstown) – NO

Adam Greshin (I-Warren) – NO

Sandy Haas (P/D-Rochester) – YES

Helen Head (D-So. Burlington) – YES

Michael Hebert (R-Vernon) – NO

Robert Helm (R/D-Fair Haven) – NO

Mark Higley (R-Lowell) – NO

Mary Hooper (D-Montpelier) – YES

Ronald Hubert (R-Milton) – NO

Mark Huntley (D-Cavendish) – YES

Timothy Jerman (D-Essex) -YES

Willem Jewett (D-Ripton) -YES

Mitzi Johnson (D-S. Hero) -YES

Bernard Juskiewicz (R-Camdridge) – NO

Kathleen Keenan (D-St. Albans) -YES

Warren Kitzmiller (D-Montpelier) -YES

Anthony Klein (D-Montpelier) -YES

Patricia Komline (R-Dorset) – NO

Robert Krebs (D-S. Hero) – NO

Jill Krowinski (D-Burlington) -YES

Rob LaClair (R-Barre Town) – NO

Martin LaLonde (D-South Burlington) -YES

Diane Lanpher (D-Vergennes) – YES

 

 

Richard Lawrence (R-Lyndon) – NO

Paul Lefebvre (R-Island Pond) – NO

Joan Lenes (D-Shelburne) – YES

Patti Lewis (R-Berlin) – NO

William Lippert (D-Hinesburg) – YES

Emily Long (D-Newfane) – YES

Gabrielle Lucke (D-White River Junction) – YES

Terence Macaig (D-Williston) – YES

Ann Manwaring (D-Wilmington) – YES

Michael Marcotte (R/D-Newport) – NO

Marcia Martel (R-Waterford) – NO

Linda Martin (D-Wolcott) – YES

James Masland (D-Thetford) – YES

Curtis McCormack (D/W-Burlington) – YES

Patricia McCoy (R-Poultney) – NO

James McCullough (D-Williston) – YES

Francis McFaun (R/D-Barre) – NO

Alice Miller (D-Shaftsbury) – YES

Kiah Morris (D-Bennington) – YES

Mary Morrissey (R-Bennington) – ABSENT

Michael Mrowicki (D-Putney) – YES

Barbara Murphy (I-Fairfax) – NO

Linda Myers (R-Essex) – NO

Betty Nuovo (D-Middlebury) – YES

Anne O’Brien (D-Richmond) – YES

Jean O’Sullivan (D-Burlington) – YES

Oliver Olsen (I-Jamaica) – NO

Corey Parent (R-St. Albans) – NO

Carolyn Partridge (D-Windham) – YES

Avram Patt (D-Worcestor) – YES

Albert “Chuck” Pearce (R/D-Richford) – NO

Christopher Pearson (P-Burlington) – YES

Paul Poirier (I-Barre) – YES

David Potter (D-Clarendon) – NO

Ann Pugh (D-S. Burlington) – ABSENT

Joey Purvis (R-Colchester) – NO

Constance Quimby (R/D-Concord) – NO

Barbara Rachelson (D-Burlington) – YES

Kesha Ram (D-Burlington) – YES

Herbert Russell (D-Rutland) – YES

Marjorie Ryerson (D-Randolph) – YES

Brian Savage (R-Swanton) – NO

Heidi Scheuermann (R-Stowe) – NO

David Sharpe (D-Bristol) – YES

Charles Shaw (R/D-Pitsford) – NO

Loren Shaw (R/D-Derby) – NO

Amy Sheldon (D-Middlebury) – YES

Laura Sibilia (I-West Dover) – NO

Harvey Smith (R-New Haven) – NO

Shapleigh Smith (D-Morristown) – PRESIDING

Thomas Stevens (D-Waterbury) – YES

Vicki Strong (R-Albany) – NO

Valerie Stuart (D-Brattleboro) – YES

Mary Sullivan (D-Burlington) – YES

Donna Sweaney (D-Windsor) – YES

Job Tate (R-Mendon) – NO

Thomas Terenzini (R/D-Rutland) – NO

George Till (D-Jericho) – YES

Tristan Toleno (D-Brattleboro) – YES

Catherine Toll (D-Danville) – YES

Maida Townsend (D-S. Burlington) – YES

Matthew Trieber (D-Bellows Falls) – NO

Chip Troiano (D-Hardwick) – YES

Donald Turner (R-Milton) – NO

Warren Van Wyck (R-Ferrisburgh) – NO

Gary Viens (R-Newport) – NO

Tommy Walz (D-Barre City) –  YES

Kathryn Webb (D-Shelburne) – YES

Janssen Willhoit (R-St. Johnsbury) – NO

Theresa Wood (D-Waterbury) – YES

Mark Woodward (D-Johnson) – YES

Kurt Wright (R-Burlington) – NO

Michael Yantachka (D-Charlotte) – YES

Samuel Young (D-Glover) – YES

Teo Zagar (D-Barnard) – YES

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Donald Guptill February 18, 2016 at 8:52 pm

Not only will this law, if passed, be a de facto tax on small business. It will stifle entrepreneurship in already over regulated VT.

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Steven Pike February 19, 2016 at 2:26 am

Vermont liberals just can’t help themselves. Business is evil. So, they have to try to kill businesses, i.e., If it moves, tax it. If it still moves, regulate it. If it dies, subsidize it. (to create more state jobs) ” Maybe things will improve, as a lot of Independents and even a few Democrats voted against this foolishness. Even liberal Republicans like Wright, Komline, and Scheurmann voted against it. According to this site, only one Republican bailed out and voted to kill jobs, Theresa Wood out of Waterbury. However, she may actually may be a Democrat.

Cheer up, the Montpelier Choom Gang of is going to turn the state into legalized dope pushers. Then we won’t realize how bad things are- we will be too stoned!

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Rob February 19, 2016 at 2:33 am

Steven — Rep Wood IS a Democrat. Thanks for catching that typo! It has been corrected.

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Naneen Neubohn February 19, 2016 at 10:26 pm

What is the P Party to which Mr Chestnut- Tangerman belongs?

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Rob February 19, 2016 at 11:44 pm

Progressive

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Paul Hudson March 10, 2016 at 11:42 pm

Hello,
I see Vermont’s march to a truly business hostile state continues unabated. I am ashamed of all of you who voted for this. You have managed to push many excellent businesses to other neighboring states and those people reap what could have been our benefits.My God, who do you work for? The people or for some dead dream?
My family has been Vermonters since my great ancestor mustered our of the Continental Army with a plot paid to him in West Burke.I was proud to serve Vermont for much of my professional career. But my wife and I are now Floridians. We don’t know Vermont anymore.
Paul F. Hudson
Clearwater, FL and Rangeley, ME

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