The governor’s big announcement, made just over two weeks ago, comes on the heels of a combative 2017 legislative session. Hogan originally introduced the Commonsense Paid Leave Act (HB382), and by doing so, became the first Republican governor in the United States to put forth a statewide measure to expand paid leave. The Democrats in Annapolis decided to ignore the governor’s proposal and feverishly pushed their own paid leave bill through the General Assembly, the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (HB1). When the Democrats’ bill came across the governor’s desk on May 25, he vetoed it. Democrat legislators made it very clear that they would override Gov. Hogan’s veto on first day of the 2018 session. Knowing this, the governor and his staff went to work and after months of research they came up with what he felt was the best prescription, a compromise between the two bills, the Paid Leave Compromise Act of 2018.