For the first time in Georgia history, senate committee meetings will be streamed live from the state capitol. Members of the media, government affairs organizations and the general public will now have the ability to watch live coverage from any device so long as the device is internet accessible.
Although House committee meetings have been live-streamed for over ten years, the Senate chamber has not considered the idea until now. The project is officially underway after several state senators such as Josh McKoon of the 29th district, and Senate President Pro Tempore David Shafer called for transparency after Georgia’s previous legislative session.
All committee rooms located within the state capitol, and two committee rooms located in the Coverdell Legislative Office Building will be web-enabled for audio and video to provide a live feed to viewers. Like House meetings, Senate meeting recordings will be archived and can be accessed on the official General Assembly website or on the Georgia Public Broadcasting webpage. The project is expected to be complete by the start of the upcoming 2017-2018 legislative session.
Not only will this advancement provide government transparency, but it will also grant public access to taxpayers and afford them the opportunity to retrieve information pertinent to the Georgia Senate at their convenience.