Crouch Calls On Governor To Restore Original Medical Leave To Veterans
Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch (R-Bainbridge) called on the governor today to restore the original eight days of paid medical leave to combat veterans that was removed by a new bill passed this week A.8941, and that had previously been passed by both houses of the Legislature last year. Last year’s bill would only be signed into law by the governor on the contingency that the Legislature repass the legislation this year, removing three days of medical leave, dropping the benefit from eight to five days.
The Legislation states that these sick leave days are to be used for any and all periods of absence during which an individual utilizes health care services directly related to his or her military service. Crouch has been vocal about his concerns with this cut and today stated his grievances about the issue.
“It appears the Governor wants to save money for his $168 billion budget at the expense of our veterans,” said Crouch. “Last year, both houses of the Legislature passed a bill almost identical to this. Unfortunately, the governor thought we provided too much time to the brave men and women who served our country. I find it disgraceful that he would reduce the medical leave these brave men and women so rightfully earned. I strongly encourage the governor to reconsider his decision; I will continue to fight him on this and will not stop until the original eight days are restored.”