N.Y. Lawmakers Consider Long-Distance Voting Amid Virus Threat

New York state lawmakers are poised to pass legislation allowing them to vote from home as they face a looming state budget deadline and a need to avoid group gatherings to circumvent the spread of coronavirus.

The Senate on Sunday unanimously voted to change voting protocols during declared states of emergency, and allow members to participate in legislative session through tele- or video-conferencing, according to the resolution (No. 3108).

The Assembly will vote Monday on a similar measure (E.00854), Speaker Carl Heastie (D) said in a statement.

The actions come as leaders negotiate with Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on the state’s budget for fiscal 2021, which begins April 1.

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