If swine flu takes hold in Utah this winter, lawmakers may have to give up large gatherings, in-person votes and even handshakes. Michael Christensen, director of the office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, says if an H1N1 outbreak becomes an epidemic, several options may have to be considered for the legislature’s 45-day session. That could include meetings held remotely via Blackberry phones, re-locating to another part of the state and elbow bumps instead of handshakes to slow the spread of germs.
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