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Vt. lawmakers say remote access sessions are here to stay

Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 6:22 AM EDT
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - As Vermont lawmakers consider what the legislative session will look like after the pandemic, they say Zoom sessions in some form are here to stay.

Lawmakers say the Statehouse won’t likely reopen to full capacity because many committee rooms lack adequate airflow. A key committee is considering a slate of options including using other spaces in the capitol complex. They’re also exploring options for a long-term expansion to the Statehouse.

As lawmakers end a historic session defined by remote lawmaking, they say live streaming technology is here to stay. “We may not be voting via Zoom but access for committee rooms, access for the public in far-reaching corners of the state -- that system will always be there,” said Sen. Joe Benning, R-Caledonia County.

Legislators are also testing 360-degree cameras that can live stream, so Vermonters can watch committee hearings while lawmakers also meet in person in the months ahead.

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