The paid-sick days bill cleared the Appropriations Committee tonight and was on its way to the Senate.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy backs the legislation, which requires companies with more than 50 employees to offer paid sick time. The impact of the bill is limited. Any vacation or other paid time off could be applied to the sick-time requirement.

But it has great symbolic value for proponents and opponents as Connecticut would be the first state to pass such a law.

The numbers in the Senate are tight. Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, who presides over the Senate, could get to cast her first tie-breaking vote.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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