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Lawmakers can meet via Internet in case of emergency

MADISON (WKOW) -- The state Assembly has passed a bill that would help the Legislature function in the event of a disaster.

State lawmakers gave final approval Thursday on a bill that will let each chamber to meet via the Internet if an attack or emergency leaves them unable to meet in person.

Under the bill, the Legislature will also be allowed to pick an emergency temporary seat of government outside of Madison if it becomes impossible to conduct business at the state Capitol.

Lawmakers decided not include a provision that would govern the process for picking replacements if several of them were killed in an attack. A previous plan to allow lawmakers to designate a secret list of potential successors was withdrawn amid criticism.

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