Vermont House passes emergency bills, agrees to meet remotely - Associated Press

The Vermont House yesterday passed emergency health care and unemployment bills, and figured out a way to change House rules in a way that allows committees and the full House to meet remotely.

"House leaders had hoped to be able to hold the Wednesday session with only a handful of lawmakers present, and the afternoon session was first gaveled to order with only about a dozen lawmakers present, far short of the 76 needed for a quorum in the 150-member chamber. House leaders knew the mechanism, designed to pass the legislation without filling the Statehouse with lawmakers and risking transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19, wouldn’t work if any member asked for a quorum."

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