Monday, February 8, 2010

House approves interim committee webcasting

In the not so surprising news category, the House today signed off on a measure that would broadcast interim committee meetings on the Internet.

That's not to belittle the move, of course, because it's good news. The webcasts provide access to the Legislature to so many more people who can watch from where ever they are -- and that's a major step toward transparency.

"Today the House took the next step in providing full transparency of the legislative committee process," said Rep. Jeff Steinborn, D-Las Cruces. "Interim committees play an important role in the legislative process and take place all over the state. Webcasting technology is needed to expand the participation of both legislators and interested citizens."

Because interim committees have House and Senate members, the measure now goes there for consideration. Expect it to be approved. In the meantime, more and more committee rooms are getting wired for webcasting. 

Click here for an updated list of meetings you can listen to or watch from afar.

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