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House members taking close-up look at televising sessions

March 5, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina House members say their proposal requiring daily sessions be televised online is about promoting transparency through modern technology.

A measure heading to the full House following a committee vote on Tuesday would install video equipment so daily floor sessions could be broadcast on the General Assembly website and footage archived.

The bill also would direct the University of North Carolina’s public television network to air House sessions of “particular public importance.” A House committee also would be created to study whether a new UNC-TV channel should be created to broadcast all sessions.

Bill sponsors say they’d like to see the Senate air session broadcasts, too.

Audio of House and Senate floor sessions and most committee sessions already are aired live on the legislature’s website.