Friday, January 13, 2006

Good news from the Free State

Back in May, I was angry that Maryland Gov. Ehrlich had vetoed a bill that required companies with more than 10,000 employees (in other words, Wal-Mart) to spend 8 percent of the company's payroll on health care benefits or give that money over to the state's health care program for the poor.

Well, Maryland's legislature has rectified the situation, overriding the veto. I really like this law, because it doesn't necessarily keep out big stores like Wal-Mart. It just tells big companies, "Look, if you come here, you can't screw over your employees." That's why this quote from Wal-Mart's spokesperson was so laughable:

"This vote was never about health care," Hurst said. "In allowing a bad bill to become a bad law, the General Assembly took a giant step backward and placed the special interests of Washington, D.C., union leaders ahead of the well-being of the people they serve. And that's wrong."

I don't know, I think what the General Assembly did was most definitely done with due consideration to the health and well-being of the people they serve.


Blogger Gina said...


I love it when the government actually listens to the wishes of the people they were elected to serve.

Instead of you-know-who.

11:54 PM, January 13, 2006  
Blogger Jessica said...


9:50 PM, January 14, 2006  
Blogger Oscar Madison said...

Here's a "one lawyer to another" question: why isn't that wise and just law preempted by ERISA? I'm going to try to put some law students on that question this semester.

11:40 AM, January 15, 2006  
Blogger Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

It very well may be, Oscar. I know jack squat about ERISA, but the lawyers for both sides are looking at that very issue right now.

12:40 PM, January 15, 2006  

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