Colorado Hoping To Put Legislature On Television

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Colorado House of Representatives may join 34 other states that are broadcasting legislative sessions on television.

Denver Democrat and House Speaker Andrew Romanoff says he's not sure how many people will tune in, but thinks broadcasting the sessions live will help improve decorum.

He also says it'll help the public understand the Legislature's role in running state government.

Still to be determined are legal, technical and fiscal issues. Romanoff says it would cost an estimated $30,000 a year to have someone run the cameras.

The sessions could also be archived and put on the Internet to be viewed later.

Comcast Corporation has agreed to provide two cable channels, one for the House and one for the Senate, but the Senate has not decided whether to broadcast sessions.

Legal issues include concerns that the videos will be used in political campaigns.

Romanoff says other lawmakers have raised concerns about lawmakers pandering to the cameras, but he says he's not worried.

He says he believes the risks of abuse are outweighed by the value of access.

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