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Did you know you can listen to, even watch the proceedings of the Utah Legislature via the Internet? Streaming audio of floor debate has been available online for several years. However, this is the first year someone sitting at an office or home computer can click on and actually watch what’s going on.
A good move, in KSL’s view, and a service we encourage the public to use. You can access it through the legislature’s website at http://www.le.state.ut.us.
Credit the Capitol renovation for the innovative change. With the Capitol closed, lawmakers are meeting in cramped temporary quarters with little room for public observation. To remedy the problem, they decided to have a closed circuit broadcast of the daily proceedings distributed to nearby rooms where the public can assemble to see what’s occurring on the floors of both the House and the Senate. And since video feeds would already be available for that, they decided to put it on the Internet.
The minimal cost of $42,000 to provide the video feed is well worth it, in our view, if it allows more people, especially those unable to journey to Capitol Hill, to observe government in action. KSL views it as a positive step forward since it brings more openness and accessibility to Utah’s legislative process.