Vermont House Passes Coronavirus Measures After Quorum Call Delay | WAMC

Vermont House Passes Coronavirus Measures After Quorum Call Delay

Mar 26, 2020

It took more than three hours Wednesday for the Vermont House to complete work on legislation to assure government operations will continue during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Senate passed a series of measures Tuesday to allow remote voting by legislators, modify unemployment rules, and guarantee the voting process during the coronavirus crisis. House members then met Wednesday to approve the bills.  

But what was expected to be a quick session took over three hours when Arlington Democrat Cynthia Browning demanded a quorum.
House leaders had to call 76 members to physically come to the Statehouse in Montpelier.  Speaker Mitzi Johnson thanked them for coming.  “I am very sorry that we all had to put public health at risk.”

Browning was vilified by her own party and others for endangering public health.