Division of Labor and Industry


Background - Report of the Equal Pay Commission


II) Background

The 2004 Maryland General Assembly passed SB 250, Labor and Employment - Equal Pay Commission, for the purpose of establishing an Equal Pay Commission to study certain issues relating to equal pay and to report preliminary and final findings to the Governor, the Senate and the House. The Commission was to be staffed by the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and the bill was to take effect on October 1, 2004.

On May 25, 2004, Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. vetoed Senate Bill 250 for policy reasons, in accordance with Article II, Section 17, of the Maryland Constitution. On January 11, 2005, the General Assembly overrode the Governor's veto and the bill became law in accordance with Maryland's Constitution. The Governor appointed the Commission in November, 2005. The Commission provided a preliminary report in March 2006 and is herein submitting its final report on September 30, 2006. Due to the delays in implementation, the Commission conducted its work in a ten month timeframe, in nine meetings; as opposed to a twenty-four month time frame.


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