The California Senate has passed a bill that would provide new wage and benefit protections to employees at so-called gig market firms like Uber and Lyft.
The 29-11 vote late Tuesday sends the bill back to the state Assembly for final approval over strident Republican resistance. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has said he supports it.
The proposal has drawn staunch opposition from on-demand shipping and ridesharing businesses while winning support from lots of the Democratic presidential contenders.
It puts into law a California Supreme Court decision which makes it harder for businesses to classify workers as independent contractors. The bill would make those businesses classify their employees as employees instead.
While its effect on gig market companies has attracted most of the attention, it might impact a vast selection of industries.