The California State Senate voted on Tuesday to pass a bill that would make it much more difficult for companies like Uber and Lyft to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees.
The bill, known as , has garnered national attention, largely owing to the size of California’s workforce. Several Democratic presidential candidates have supported the measure, including U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Kamala Harris (D-CA).
It has also come under sharp criticism by trade groups and so-called “gig economy” firms that rely heavily on contractors.
“We are fully prepared to take this issue to the voters of California to preserve the freedom and access drivers and riders want and need,” Lyft said in a statement.
Uber did not immediately respond