Friday, January 29, 2010

House Passes Trio of Rules Changes for More Transparency

The House just a few minutes ago passed three rules changes that might be called a "transparency package."

The first was a measure sponsored by House Republican Whip Keith Gardner which mandates video webcasting of floor sessions. The House already has audio webcasting . (Let's hope it's better than the Senate Webcast, which only shows the backs of a few senators' heads.

The next passed was Rep. Jeff Steinborn's measure to webcast committee meetings. This will be audio only.

Finally, the House agreed to Rep. Zach Cook's rule change to publish roll call votes in the House online within 24 hours. The Senate has been doing this for a couple of years.