For eight years, Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger has pushed a bill to expand benefits for working parents. For eight years, it has failed to pass.
Now he has an opportunity to put his ideas into practice.
The Baltimore County Democrat employs 14 full-time staff members in Washington and Maryland.
Half are women.
At the moment, three are pregnant.
Prenatal visits and other appointments are presenting the small office with short-term scheduling challenges. The leave the expectant mothers plan to take after they deliver their babies will create longer-term staffing issues.
But Ruppersberger sees the situation as an opportunity to push for better work...