MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont House is scheduled to vote on a series of measures designed to help the state respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Legislative leaders hope the chamber will give final approval Wednesday to legislation passed by the Senate on Tuesday.

Among the details of the legislation are measures to make sure anyone who loses their job or has to leave one to care for someone who is ill will be eligible for unemployment benefits; make it possible for state and local elections to go forward later in the year; and temporary modification of the state's open meeting laws so local government can function remotely.

On Wednesday, a handful of House leaders are expected to hold a session to pass the measures approved by the Senate. As planned the session will not have the required 76 members needed for a quorum, which can work as long as none of the members present ask for a quorum call.

The package was passed unanimously by the Senate.

Committees from the House and Senate are now beginning to meet remotely while lawmakers look into ways for the full chambers to conduct their business remotely.

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