Gov. Ned Lamont and legislative leaders are working on creating an economic stimulus package amid the coronavirus pandemic, and much of it could be implemented by Lamont through executive orders under his sweeping powers in an ongoing public health emergency. If the two sides finalize an agreement, lawmakers said that the social distancing required to mitigate the spread of the virus makes it difficult for them to vote on any package in the traditional fashion with 151 members of the House of Representatives in the chamber at the same time. Instead, Lamont could offer relief on the items in consultation with lawmakers. While no final decisions have been announced, lawmakers have also talked about potentially voting in shifts in which small numbers of legislators would enter the House chamber to vote and then leave so that another group could come in. But lawmakers say that is cumbersome and stifles debate.