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Victory Over the Veto!
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by Amie Kasakitis | 13, 2006

The Maryland General Assembly Overrides Governor Ehrlich's Veto of the Fair Share Health Care Fund Act (SB 790)


      The Maryland General Assembly voted Thursday January 12, 2006 to override the governor's veto of the Fair Share Health Care Fund Act; the Washington Post reports that the Senate voted 30-17, and the House voted 88-50 in support of the override . According to the Associated Press, Maryland is the first state to pass the "Wal-Mart Bill" and  more than 30 other states are considering doing the same. The bill requires Wal-Mart and other large corporations to spend at least 8 percent of their payroll on employee health benefits or make a contribution to the state's Medicaid program. The Sierra Club was involved in the effort to override the veto citing the fact that the state funds used to subsidize Wal-Mart's operations in the state were unavailable for programs ranging from the purchase of open space to the development of mass transit.

     To all of the supporters of the veto override and the concerned citizens who have helped the Sierra Club with this issue, thank you for your time and effort. This victory is a great way to kick off the 2006 Legislative Session. Please read about the other issues the Sierra Club is supporting and find out the many ways that you can help! Let's keep the ball rolling!

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