Roll Call! Senate Votes to Block Paid Sick Leave Exemption for Small Businesses

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in the State Senate on February 10, 2016 by a vote of

Purpose: The Senate Amendment to the Campion Amendment substituted a study of the impact of paid sick leave legislation on small businesses and removed what would have been an exemption for small businesses from the paid sick leave bill. The purpose of this parliamentary maneuver wast to make sure businesses with less than five employees would be subject to the paid leave mandate. (Read the Bill)
Analysis: The underlying bill, which mandates that Vermont businesses provide workers with a certain amount of paid leave for health or personal reasons, regardless of whether or not they can afford it, is a bad one to begin with. The Campion Amendment would have carved out an exemption for businesses with five or fewer employees. While not a perfect fix, it at least recognizes the harm that this mandate can have on employers struggling to make payroll.
Calling for a study of the potential negative impacts of a bill after that bill is passed into law (which is likely to happen with H.187) is an example of “ready, fire, aim.” Any such study should have taken place before the moving forward with policy.
Those voting YES on the Senate Amendment to the Campion Amendment ensured that businesses of five or fewer employees will be subject to the paid sick leave mandate, and want to study the impact of the mandate on those businesses. Those voting NO supported an exemption from the paid sick leave mandate for businesses with five or fewer employees.
Senate Journal, Wednesday, February 10, 2015. “Senator Campbell moved to substitute a proposal of amendment for the proposal of amendment of Senator Campion…Which was agreed to on a roll call, Yeas 15, Nays 14.” (Read the Journal, p. 117-118)
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Roll Call! Senate votes to mandate paid sick leave.

How They Voted

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Timothy Ashe (D/P-Chittenden) – YES
Claire Ayer (D-Addison) – YES
Becca Balint (D-Windham) – YES
Philip Baruth (D-Chittenden) – YES
Joseph Benning (R-Caledonia) – NO
Christopher Bray (D-Addison) – YES
John Campbell (D-Windsor) – YES
Brian Campion (D-Bennington) – NO
Brian Collamore (R-Rutland) – NO
Ann Cummings (D-Washington) – YES
Dustin Degree (R-Franklin) – NO
William Doyle (R-Washington) – NO
Margaret Flory (R-Rutland) – NO
M. Jane Kitchel (D-Caledonia) – NO
Virginia Lyons (D-Chittenden) – YES
Mark MacDonald (D-Orange) – YES
Richard Mazza (D-Chittenden-Grand Isle) – NO
Norman McAllister (R-Franklin) – SUSPENDED
Richard McCormack (D-Windsor) – YES
Kevin Mullin (R-Rutland) – NO
Alice Nitka (D-Windsor District) – NO
Anthony Pollina (P/D/W-Washington) – YES
John Rodgers (D-Essex-Orleans) – NO
Richard Sears (D-Bennington) – YES
Diane Snelling (R-Chittenden) – NO
Robert Starr (D-Essex-Orleans) – NO
Michael Sirotkin (D-Chittenden) – YES
Richard Westman (R-Lamoille) – NO
Jeanette White (D-Windham) – YES
David Zuckerman (P-Chittenden) – YES

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samuel shultis February 11, 2016 at 7:11 pm


Your observation is a correct one …. further ruin to VERMONT!

You know your living in a state run by flat-landers when they take aim at the very life’s-blood of our state – small businesses. Oh …. and they want to rewrite both state and federal constitutional law regarding gun rights.


Glenn Eno February 12, 2016 at 1:57 am

Unionization through legislation. 3 days to open the door. The real intended goal of 1 hour per 30, 56 hours per year, coming soon. A small employer carve out could not be dealt away at any point. I’m surprised at the number of Democrat senators who seemingly needed political cover. I suppose for a carve out amendment vote anything is possible. When the final votes come before going to Shummy I don’t expect anything less than party lines.


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