Tuesday, January 18, 2011

House committees to vote on live streaming UPDATE

Posted By on Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 8:21 AM


Watch live video from eaymond on Justin.tv

A number of House committees will likely vote this morning on whether to live stream their meetings. Revenue and Tax, Judiciary and Public Health committees all meet this morning at 10:00 a.m. There has been - unfathomably - a debate over whether to use live streaming technology that was installed in four committee rooms last year at the cost of over $300,000. The technology would greatly limit legislators' ability to make a vote and then bound out of the room before a roll call vote is called for. The proposal was brought up by Rep. Clark Hall, D-Marvell, last week. Members of the media sent a letter to Speaker of the House Robert Moore asking him to step in and stop the madness. Some legislators have said meetings shouldn't be live streamed until all committee rooms are equipped. Rep. Johnnie Roebuck, D-Arkadelphia, was quoted as saying that only streaming one or two committees' meetings would present a "slanted and limited view" of what goes on in state government." What?

In my view this is simple. It's a matter of transparency. It's also a no-brainer for legislators. In a political climate that now demands more openness and less wasteful spending, there is no way you can justify NOT live streaming committee hearings when the technology is available and the money has already been spent. This is one voters will remember.

UPDATE: Tolbert reports the Revenue and Tax Committee voted to live stream their meetings, despite votes against from Reps. Larry Crowling, D-Foreman, and Mike Patterson, D-Piggott. Thanks to Elizabeth Aymond for the Justin.tv link above.

Tweets indicate the House Judiciary Committee will postpone a vote on live streaming until next week. Public Health has voted to live stream their meetings.

Tags: , , , ,

Favorite

Speaking of...

Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

More by Gerard Matthews

Readers also liked…

  • Matt Campbell files ethics complaint against Dennis Milligan

    Little Rock attorney and blogger Matt Campbell, whose knack for deep research brought down Mark Darr, Mike Maggio and Dexter Suggs, now has his sights trained on another worthy target. Today, he filed a 113-page ethics complaint against state Treasurer Dennis Milligan that includes 14 separate allegations.
    • Aug 20, 2015
  • From Dallas, creative thinking about the Interstate 30 project

    An urban planner in Dallas says freeways are not always the answer. Incorporating some creativity already being used in Dallas and looking at the Interstate 30 project from a broader perspective, here are ideas that Arkansas highway planners have not considered. But should.
    • Nov 6, 2015
  • 'How to decimate a city' — a big freeway

    Reporting from around the U.S. continues to illustrate the folly of the Arkansas highway department and construction boosters like the chamber of commerce and Vice Mayor Lance Hines in advocating ever wider freeways through the heart of Little Rock. Syracuse, N.Y., is looking for a better way in a debate remarkably similar to the debate about widening Interstate 30 in Little Rock.
    • Nov 20, 2015

Most Shared

Visit Arkansas

Forest bathing is the Next Big Thing

Forest bathing is the Next Big Thing

Arkansas is the perfect place to try out this new health trend. Read all about the what, why, where and how here.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation