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California Assembly Passes Measure That Allows Remote Voting

Fresno Bee-

The California Assembly narrowly passed a proposal on Wednesday that would allow state legislators to vote remotely during emergencies, as lawmakers widely regretted not being able to act during a weeks-long recess amid the pandemic.

The measure comes after other states and cities have relaxed rules to vote remotely during the public health emergency. In California, the Legislature stopped work for the first time in 158 years in the middle of March, before resuming committee meetings in early May.

Lawmakers said they need to continue serving and passing budgets during events like major earthquakes and pandemics.

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