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Lawmakers head back to Albany to move toward legislative progress

Lawmakers are back to work trying to put together a budget that can pass under truly unusual circumstances in Albany.

Bills on paid sick leave and election ballots top the list of those that are expected to see action in the coming days.

This is the first time lawmakers will return to the state capitol since two downstate assembly members tested positive for the coronavirus.

Over the last two days, state workers scrubbed both the assembly and senate chambers as well as offices used by lawmakers, News10NBC reports.

The first measure expands disability benefits for people quarantined because of the coronavirus.

The second measure halts the petition gathering process for candidates to qualify for the ballot, cutting the number of signatures needed by 70%.