Transparency lags for NC lawmakers, advocates say

Despite widespread interest, efforts to make the North Carolina Legislature more transparent through better audio and video coverage have failed, panelists at an open government forum said on Monday.

Lawmakers conduct much of their work debating bills in public committee meetings, but only two of the many rooms where those sessions are held have microphones, said WRAL capitol bureau chief Laura Leslie. Those are needed to record, broadcast or stream audio.

Proceedings on the floor of the House and Senate are wired for sound, but efforts in recent years to capture video there or other areas have gone nowhere, Leslie and others said at the North Carolina Open Government Coalition’s annual Sunshine Day event at Elon University. Continue>>>