Some lawmakers are for it, and the technology is in place, but what’s stopping the legislature from streaming conference committee meetings?
“At this point there’s been very little interest in actually streaming any of the committee hearings from the committee chair people.”
Jim Miller, the State House IT Director says there are video streaming capabilities in the Old Supreme Courtroom, but at this time it’s only used on occasion. Republican Senate Vice President Jeff King, of Independence says he is in favor of streaming video.
“I would be more than happy in my committee to use those capabilities any time I am given access to use them.”
But according to Miller, he says the committee chair members who have been in the House for several years know there are streaming capabilities, but chose not to use them.
Right now, the Old Supreme Courtroom is the only room with video capabilities. Miller says to make it available for all the committee rooms, it would cost the state several thousands of dollars in both equipment and storage to archive the videos.
He said that the project of placing video cameras in all the committee rooms is not on his top 10 list at this time.