Virginia General Assembly committees to be live streamed

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s General Assembly plans to start live streaming some of its committee hearings in 2018, joining the digital age long after many other states have.

Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Ryan McDougle announced a pilot project Wednesday to live stream some committee hearings during next year’s legislative session.

House Speaker William J. Howell followed the Senate’s announcement by saying the House expects to live stream and archive House committee hearings as well.

Most states have video recordings and archives of committee hearings and other meetings, but Virginia has been a holdout. A progressive advocacy group started live streaming and recording many of the General Assembly committee hearings earlier this year.

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