Vt. House lawmakers approve remote voting, COVID-related bills
Vermont House lawmakers on Thursday gave the greenlight to remote voting and approved several COVID-19-related bills.
In a mass video chat, lawmakers approved the rule change 148-0, while dozens tuned in online.
The House developed the online voting system to be able to make decisions remotely during the emergency.
The 150-member house follows the Senate in adapting their workflow because of the coronavirus.
"We must do what we can to make a remote system serve its functions in order to meet essential needs during the time that we've declared a state of emergency from this pandemic," said Rep. Anne Donahue, R-Northfield.
House lawmakers also passed a number of bills dealing with wills and trusts over video conferencing, and background checks on contractors in state buildings.