Corona crisis: Health committee meets digitally for the first time

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Mainz – Because of the bans on contacts in the Corona crisis, a committee of the Rhineland-Palatinate State Parliament is meeting for the first time. The health committee meets virtually today via video conference. The reason for this is the provisions and recommendations to reduce personal contacts during the corona pandemic to an absolutely necessary minimum, as state spokesman Marco Sussmann said. The dress rehearsal on Monday morning worked well.

The head of the health committee, Hedi Thelen (CDU), leads the meeting from a room in the state administration. She is assisted by the committee secretary and the session documentation service of the state parliament as well as an IT administrator. The committee members and Minister of Health Sabine Batzing-Lichtenthaler (SPD) are connected and shown via a video conference system. Most MPs are switched on from their home office.

The webcam of the state parliament transmits the committee chairperson as well as the members connected via video conferencing system and the minister via live stream via the homepage of the state parliament.

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For the digitization of the committees, a change in the rules of procedure was necessary, which the state parliament had decided at its special session at the end of March. Initially, the committees are to meet digitally by mid-April.

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