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Sick leave one vote shy of becoming law

Mayor Nutter's veto of a bill that would have required certain Philly employers to give workers paid sick time off will stand.

Sick leave one vote shy of becoming law

Philadelphia Councilman Bill Greenlee.
Philadelphia Councilman Bill Greenlee.

Mayor Nutter's veto of a bill that would have required certain Philly employers to give workers paid sick time off will stand.

City Councilman Bill Greenlee who sponsored the bill said during Council's session he was one vote short of the 12 votes needed for an override.

"I apologize to the 180,000 workers in Philadelphia that I could not get this done for them," Greenlee said. "Philadelphia will have paid sick days."

The bill passed several weeks ago 11-6 with nay votes from Councilmen Mark Squilla, Brian O'Neill, Denny O'Brien, Jim Kenney, David Oh and Bill Green. Mayor Nutter vetoed the bill and said it would be bad for businesses and jobs.

The bill first vetoed in 2011 and Greenlee thought he could get it through this time. Some of those who voted agaisnt the bill said it was simply the wrong time.

So, is there a chance Greenlee will try it a third time?

"We'll see," he said.

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