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Want To Watch State Legislative Committee Sessions? You Might Be Able To Soon

Audio and video of Kansas legislative committee sessions would be streamed live over the Internet under a bill introduced in the House.

Republican Representative Stephanie Clayton says her bill will help citizens stay current on matters that affect their lives and ensure legislators are paying attention.

The bill will also require video broadcasts of House and Senate sessions. Audio of the sessions already is streamed on the Internet.

Clayton says all the committee rooms in the renovated Statehouse are wired to provide audio and video, so the state would only have to purchase cameras.

She thinks the equipment could be purchased for about $10,000.

The bill has been referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

Brenda Erickson is a senior research analyst with the National Conference of State Legislatures. Erickson says most states provide live streaming of House and Senate proceedings, but states vary considerably on whether they broadcast committee meetings.