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California lawmakers advance 3 bills spurred by coronavirus

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Posted at 8:01 PM, Jul 29, 2020

California lawmakers are advancing several bills spurred by the coronavirus as they race to beat an Aug. 31 adjournment deadline in a session shortened by the pandemic.

One expands paid sick leave for food sector workers, including farm workers, so those who are sick can afford to take time off.

A second would require the state and hospitals to each stockpile 90-day supplies of masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment for essential workers.

Both are opposed by employer organizations but advanced to the Assembly Appropriations Committee Wednesday.

A third bill would allow high school seniors to get their diplomas even if their classes were interrupted this spring by the coronavirus.