Raleigh, N.C. – A new live video stream production of the North Carolina House of Representatives will debut this week on the General Assembly’s Opening Day of the 2021-2022 legislative biennium.
The new video system uses seven fixed overhead cameras operated by staff from the House Principal Clerk’s Office. It will provide viewers with unprecedented access to House legislative sessions.
On-screen graphics will identify members and bills under consideration, while vote results will be displayed to help citizens follow the proceedings.
The stream will be broadcast on the General Assembly’s YouTube channel and is accessible through the legislative website. Its coverage of Opening Day of the North Carolina House will also be broadcast on UNC-TV on January 13th at 12:00 PM.
The North Carolina House voted 115-1 to approve House Bill 218 Broadcast NC House of Reps Sessions in 2019, legislation sponsored by Rep. Destin Hall (R-Caldwell), Rep. Jason Saine (R-Lincoln), and Rep. Brenden Jones (R-Columbus).
The state House also began live-streaming remote meetings of its COVID-19 task force and committees in 2020.
Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) and sponsors of the bill to broadcast House sessions said the new live-stream production provides additional transparency for North Carolinians when they need it most
“A lot of hard work from our technology team, facilities staff, and House clerks has gone into an unprecedented live-stream production that will bring North Carolina’s legislature to life for citizens across our state,” Speaker Moore and Reps. Hall, Saine, and Jones said Tuesday.“We encourage students, activists, and North Carolinians from all walks of life to watch their representatives at work and take part in state government as we return for session this week.”
Live stream viewers will be provided links to the legislature’s real-time “Dashboard” to review bills, amendments, and resolutions considered during each session.