California Lawmakers Consider Several Coronavirus Bills

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – 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.