State lawmakers could begin passing a bill mandating workers receive at least five days of paid sick leave in New York, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on Tuesday said.
The bill is being amended to include those who have been quarantined due to the spread of coronavirus in the state, which now includes thousands of people.
"We have in gross terms of wanting to come up with something," Heastie said. "I think the members want to come up with something. We just have to work out the details."
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday said he wanted the measure to be expedited this month as lawmakers gear up to passing the broader $178 billion budget by April 1, the start of the state's fiscal year.
The paid sick leave proposal was initially proposed by Cuomo earlier this year, but has taken on greater significance given the spread of the virus in New York and nationally.
As of Tuesday morning, Cuomo said there are 173 positive cases of the virus in New York.