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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 24, 2017 11:28 AM
From: Representative Anthony M. DeLuca
To: All House members
Subject: Prohibiting the Use of Sick Time by Public Employees for Campaign Activities (HB 1177 of 2015)

In the near future, I will be re-introducing legislation (HB1177 of 2015) that will prohibit public employees from using sick time to conduct campaign activities.

Currently, each public employer may delineate accrued time off in any manner they see fit. While most public employers already have sick time designated as a specific category of approved time off for their employees, each employer is able to decide the terms and qualifications for appropriate use of sick time. My legislation would expressly prohibit a public employee from using sick time to conduct campaign activities. Prohibited activities while using sick time would include, but not be limited to canvassing, circulating nomination petitions or nomination papers, making telephone calls in an organized effort to influence the outcome of an election, and organizing or promoting events.

Public employees are entrusted with hard earned taxpayer money and should not be abusing leave time from their employer for purposes other than those designated in their agency’s code of conduct. Please join me in supporting this legislation. Let’s make clear what is and what isn’t an appropriate use of taxpayer funded sick days.

Introduced as HB950