Tuesday, June 29, 2010

More legislative committees to be webcast

Chalk up another one for open government. The Legislative Council today approved a measure to allow the webcasting of interim committees. The meetings -- where actually a lot of leg work on key bills gets done -- are usually held around the state in the summer.
But to save money, the meetings this year are at the Capitol.

Rep. Janice Arnold-Jones pushed for the meetings to be webcast and wrote a letter urging the chairperson of every committee to do so. Rep. Jeff Steinborn, who also worked on webcasting legislation this year, applauded the move in a statement.

"This is another step in the right direction. We are always looking for ways to make government more transparent and accessible to the public. Webcasting is a useful service for our constituents," he said.

The webcasts and the schedule of upcoming interim meetings is on the Legislature's website.

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