State of Maryland Archives: on Families & Children
Pass the Common Sense Paid Sick Leave Act
For the last few years, there has been a great deal of discussion and debate in these chambers around the issue of sick leave in Maryland. Employees without this benefit are sometimes faced with hard choices about their health and welfare,
like whether to risk showing up to work sick or not receiving a paycheck. Let's strike a compromise, considering the needs of Maryland employees while not hurting our small business job creators.
Let's work together to pass the
Common Sense Paid Sick Leave Act of 2017, which requires larger companies to provide paid sick leave and encourages small businesses to offer paid sick leave by giving them tax incentives to offset the costs of providing those additional benefits.
In this way, we can provide even more employees the benefit without hurting the small business owners and without causing the loss of jobs.
Source: 2017 State of the State address to Maryland Legislature
Feb 1, 2017
Encourage flexibility so employees can be good parents
Q: Should the federal government require paid sick time or family leave?
Szeliga: As a woman and a mom,
I understand how it can be difficult to balance work and family responsibilities. I believe we should do more to encourage companies to provide women and men the flexibility they need to be good parents.
Source: Baltimore Sun Voter Guide on 2016 Maryland Senate race
Sep 9, 2016
Voted against new birth certificates for sex changes
SB 743 Authorizes New Birth Certificates for Sex Changes
Bill Passed House (91-49); Rep. Kathy Szeliga voted Nay.
Source: VoteSmart synopsis of 2015-2016 Maryland voting records
Apr 8, 2015
- Requires the Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene to make a new birth certificate for an individual who has undergone
treatment appropriate for a sex transition, including hormonal or surgical treatment, as determined by a licensed health care practitioner, and has made a written request for a new birth certificate;
The individual has an intersex condition as determined by a licensed health care practitioner, and has made a written request for a new birth certificate;
The individual has a court order indicating that his or her sex has changed; or
- The individual has a birth certificate that was amended before October 1, 2015, to reflect a different sex.
Cut infant mortality by 21%, after setting goal of 10%
Today in Maryland, you can go online right now, and see the 16 strategic goals we have set for our State's progress. On some of these, we've already exceeded our initial goals. On others, we're making progress. Progress requires accountability.
But accountability means putting your commitment out there, for all of us to know and see, and hopefully to help drive.
One example: In 2007, one of the goals we publicly set was to drive down our infant mortality rate by 10%, by the end of 2012.
A lot of people told us at the time not to make the commitment public. You see, the old way of thinking says elected officials should never set measurable goals with deadlines, because you'll be criticized if you fall short.
We chose a different path.
We set real goals with specific, and more immediate, deadlines. By the way, at the end of 2012, together we had driven down Maryland's infant mortality rate--not by just 10%--but by 215. That means 164 lives saved just in 2012.
Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Maryland legislature
Jan 23, 2014
Supports adoption and foster care reform
Adoption and Foster Care Reform: There is nothing more important for a child than to be raised in a supporting and loving family.
Unfortunately, whether it is due to war, famine, or abandonment here or overseas, too many children lack a family to call their own.
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website, www.marylandrieu.com, “Issues”
Mar 2, 2008
Priority on family and marriage values
Corrogan’s priorities upon his election as Maryland’s U.S. Senator in 2006 will be:
Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, campaignsecrets.com/maryland
Nov 6, 2006
- A return to the family and marriage values that made our Nation strong;
- Better education results for our children, based not just on adequate funding but on the
needs and goals of the parents and children in the communities of our Country;
- Working diligently with other senators for a fairer and simpler tax system, which has eluded our state and national legislatures to date.
Page last updated: Feb 28, 2017