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Lawmakers pass bill giving home health workers sick leave

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Posted at 3:17 PM, Feb 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-26 16:08:41-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia lawmakers have given final approval to a measure that would provide certain home health care workers paid sick leave.

The final product was a compromise agreement that fell far short of what advocates of the measure were initially hoping to see.

Still, the bill’s sponsor and other supporters called it a first step forward on what’s been a divisive issue, even among the Democrats who control state government.

The House voted 54-44 to approve Senate changes to the bill, sending it to Gov. Ralph Northam.

The bill as introduced would have covered a far wider range of workers deemed “essential.”