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Kansas Lawmakers Consider Audio Streaming Committees

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A bill before lawmakers would create a system for online audio streaming from four of the most-used committee rooms at the Kansas Statehouse. The audio would then be archived online.

Currently, there’s only Internet streaming from the House and Senate chambers.

Republican Representative Stephanie Clayton presented the legislation today (FRI) before a House committee. She says it’s not easy for many Kansans to take time off work to watch committees in person.


“There are people who represent individuals who’ve got 12 hour round trips to get here to participate in their state government. They’re paying for it, they should be able to access it at their convenience,” says Clayton.

Clayton says committee rooms are where much of the real work on legislation takes place.

The startup costs for the technology would be around $75,000 the first year with operating costs of $34,000 a year after that.  

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A bill in the Kansas House would create a streaming audio system to provide live feeds from four committee rooms used in the Kansas Statehouse. The audio from the meetings would then be archived online.

Republican Representative Stephanie Clayton says committee rooms are where much of the real work takes place.


“You’re giving the people more of an opportunity to really see what we’re doing and how we’re going about things,” says Clayton.
 
The technology would cost around $75,000 for the first year and $34,000 each following year. 

Currently, only online streams from the House and Senate chambers are available.
 

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