A proposal to require large retailers to pay their employees double when they work on Thanksgiving squeaked through the state Assembly on Wednesday.
After the bill failed last summer, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) hemmed in her proposal to make it apply only to grocers and retailers with more than 500 employees.
Gonzalez, in her closing remarks, appealed to her colleagues' values.
Thanksgiving is a day "which we have said as a country should be a holiday, a day for family," she said. "And yet every single Thanksgiving we see more and more retailers opening up and requiring, at the threat of losing your job, that you show up to work."
But opponents of the measure said it would unfairly harm employers.
Even with the revisions, "It's still a narrowly tailored bad bill," said Assemblyman Matthew Harper (R-Huntington Beach).