Democrats approve rule to allow lawmakers to avoid Colorado Capitol, cast votes remotely during coronavirus

The Colorado Sun: With party-line votes, the General Assembly approved new rules Wednesday that allow lawmakers to cast votes remotely during a public health emergency, suspending the long tradition of requiring senators and representatives to appear in person to make their voices heard.

The new rules are expected to take effect for votes Thursday in the House and Senate chambers. House Majority Leader Alec Garnett, D-Denver, called it a “limited temporary change that allows for our colleagues to represent their districts, cast their votes and make sure their constituents are not voiceless.”

“This is new,” he continued. “This has not been done before in this chamber, but we are facing a 100-year health pandemic that has turned our lives upside down.”

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