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Ledge, camera, action: Televise state House sessions

Posted by on Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 11:51 AM

I'm not sure why it would cost more than $1 million to launch a video broadcast of the North Carolina House of Representatives' daily sessions and committee meetings. But it would be money well spent.

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It's long past time the General Assembly started doing what town councils have been doing for years and offer more than a little bit of audio.

Andrea Verykoukis at Progressive Pulse, says video cameras would shed sunlight on state government, allowing "sharp-eyed, homebound" watchers to "cotton on to sold votes or conflicts of interest."

As for the cost, Chris Fitzsimon recently noted that the General Assembly has $15 million in reserve.

Kudos to House Speaker Joe Hackney for initiating this move toward transparent government. Now it's time for the N.C. Senate to get on board -- of course, they've only recently decided to allow laptops in the chamber.

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