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State lawmakers begin remote voting ahead of budget deadline

WHECTV
Updated: March 30, 2020 11:14 PM
Created: March 30, 2020 10:13 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WNYT/WHEC) — The effects of coronavirus are being felt at the state capitol in Albany.

On Monday, the legislature implemented something that's never been done in its history: Allowing lawmakers to vote when they're not in the chamber temporarily.

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According to our Albany affiliate, those who want to vote "no" would still have to come to the chamber. 

Representatives who don't come to the chamber are counted as a "yes."

While there is plenty of opposition, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie calls it a necessary tool.

It's being put to the test to meet the April 1 budget deadline.


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