SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A new proposal filed earlier this month would allow state lawmakers to meet and vote remotely in emergency situations. Chicago Democrats Rep. Ann Williams and Sen. Robert Martwick call it a launching point for discussions on how to meet going into 2021 amid the ongoing pandemic, according to a joint statement. The Legislature last met in person in May to approve a budget, taking social distancing measures. However, Martwick said he has a preexisting condition which put his health at risk. Under the bill, members of the General Assembly could meet remotely for session and committees if a joint proclamation is made by the House speaker and Senate president. The plan calls for members of the public to be able to watch sessions and committee meetings in real time.