Reality TV " the state Legislature
October 3, 2007
DENVER ” Legislative leaders voted to go ahead with plans to televise the Colorado House of Representatives session beginning in January. Now they want suggestions on how to make it more interesting and less boring.
Floor debates will be carried live through a Comcast Corp. cable television channel and through the Internet under a plan approved Wednesday by legislative leaders.
“Our state government should be as open and as transparent as possible. This decision will help bring the General Assembly into the 21st century,” said House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, D-Denver.
He said 34 states have similar programs in place.
The House channel will be called “Colorado Open House,” a name that was picked from among more than 400 entries submitted in an online poll.
Legislative leaders suggested putting several cameras in the chamber to provide different views to avoid boring viewers, but Senate Minority Leader Andy McElhany, R-Colorado Springs, said that won’t help.
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“I don’t think 100 cameras would fix that,” he told his colleagues.