Senate to live-stream state Capitol committee meetings

Three committee rooms in the state Capitol and two more in the adjacent Coverdell Legislative Office Building are being wired for video and sound.

“The work of the General Assembly should be transparent to everyone in Georgia, not just those with the means and time to travel to the state Capitol when we are in session,” said Senate President pro tem David Shafer, R-Duluth, who claimed credit for the initiative.

Shafer is running for lieutenant governor next year. Our AJC state budget expert put the cost at $485,000.

Sessions in the House and Senate chambers are also live-streamed and archived -- which means a video archive, curated by Georgia Public Broadcasting, will now exist for most official doings in the Capitol.

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One reason: The Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods will host one of the last big mayoral forums at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at North Atlanta High School. (Yours truly will be moderating.)

But not all candidates will be invited. The group intends to limit the stage to six or so, selected on the basis of their fundraising prowess.

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Meanwhile, John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, was given authority to sign off on Cabinet travel on government-owned or leased chartered flights, according to the Associated Press. (Tamar Hallerman)

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Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway is a three-decade veteran of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution who writes the Political Insider blog and column.
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