SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The California Senate has passed a bill that would give new wage and benefit protections to workers at so-called gig economy companies like Uber and Lyft.
The 29-11 vote late Tuesday sends the bill back to the state Assembly for final approval over strident Republican opposition. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has said he supports it.
The proposal has drawn staunch opposition from on-demand delivery and ridesharing companies while winning support from many of the Democratic presidential contenders.
It puts into law a California Supreme Court decision making it harder for companies to classify workers as independent contractors. The bill would make those companies classify their workers as employees instead.
While its impact on gig economy companies has drawn most of the attention, it would affect a wide array of industries.
Our #AB5 to stop the misclassification of nearly a million misclassified California workers so they are provided a minimum wage, benefits and workplace rights has passed the Senate today with 29 votes. It now heads to the Assembly.— Lorena Gonzalez (@LorenaAD80) September 11, 2019
BREAKING #AB5 has passed the CA Senate! This is a huge win for workers across the nation! It's time to rebuild the middle class and ensure ALL workers have the basic protections they deserve. Thank you to everyone who helped #DisruptInequality 🎉 @LorenaSGonzalez #YesonAB5— California Labor Federation (@CaliforniaLabor) September 11, 2019