Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Subcommittee on webcasting announced

House Speaker Ben Lujan has appointed the members of a subcommittee of the House Rules and Order of Business Committee to look into webcasting in the Roundhouse.They are: Reps. Richard Berry, Larry Larranaga, Kathy McCoy, Debbie Rodella, Ken Martinez, and Ray Begaye. No word yet on when they will meet or where.

So far, Green Chile Chatter knows the positions of some of the members of the committee: Larranaga, McCoy, Berry and Martinez have said they support it, Begaye outlined concerns he has about the idea at a meeting Tuesday.

Update, 1:17 p.m.
Since the webcast debate sprung up earlier this week, I've been asking lawmakers whether they support webcasting. Begaye just returned an e-mail I sent with that question, saying he supports webcasting from the committee or floor sessions of the Roundhouse. . .

Update, 2:19 p.m.
I'm told the subcommittee will meet at 3 p.m. today in the Majority Leader's Office (Room 134) in the basement of the Roundhouse. Not a usual place for a meeting, but I'll check it out and let you know.

4:04 p.m.
For the record, the meeting ended up being in a conference room on the 4th floor, but not much was decided. The panel is gathering information it plans to use when it reports back to the Rules Committee.
Ideas tossed out included doing a pilot, or small test, of webcasting from committees, as well as expanding the audio that KUNM is now streaming on its web site.
The group plans to meet again tomorrow. A reporter asked at the end of the meeting whether everyone present supports webcasting and everyone either said or nodded their head that they do.

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