Vt. House lawmakers approve remote voting, COVID-related bills

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) 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.