State lawmakers begin remote voting ahead of budget deadline

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.


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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