The push to require paid sick days in Philadelphia took a step forward Wednesday when a City Council committe passed a bill that would require it for city contractors.

Council's Committee on Commerce and Economic Development unanimously passed the bill, which would require companies that do business with, or get financial assistance from, the city to pay for up to seven days of paid sick time.

The bill, introduced by Councilman Wilson Goode Jr., followed an effort by Councilman Bill Greenlee to require paid sick leave for anyone who worked in the city. Mayor Nutter vetoed the bill, saying that while he supported the idea, he did not think Philadelphia should pass legislation that might make it less competitive than surrounding cities that do not require paid sick leave.

A vote by the full council on Goode's paid sick leave is expected Oct. 13.

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