North Dakota legislative leaders have moved to ramp up livestreaming and remote capabilities of meetings amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In a 6-1 vote on Monday, the Legislative Procedure and Arrangements Committee approved using up to $750,000 in federal coronavirus aid to outfit 14 committee rooms with equipment for livestreaming and remote participation and to upgrade the House and Senate chambers, where floor sessions are broadcasted and then archived and indexed online.

Installation could begin in June, for the rooms and chambers to be ready by October. The 2021 Legislature convenes in January after its December organizational session.

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