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Supporters explaining value of paid sick time law ahead of lame duck session

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

Proponents of paid sick time in Michigan want to rally support before state lawmakers try to tinker with the new law after the November election.

A paid sick time proposal had enough signaturesto get on the November ballot.

But last month, Michigan lawmakers OKed the proposal, keeping it out of the hands of voters and giving legislators more power to alter the proposal that many of them oppose.  

Legislators are expected to try to amend the law, or kill it, when they meet for their lame duck session after the Nov. 6th election.

A coalition of small business owners and activists is working to keep the paid sick time law as it is.

“It’s good law and good policy. And should be kept as is,” says Danielle Atkinson, with the group Mothering Justice.

The coalition is out with a report showing how the paid sick time law is good for Michigan’s small businesses.

A Michigan Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman says the statewide business organization has concerns about the law. But at this point, the chamber is not discussing any possible changes it will support. 

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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