HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.C.R. NO.

204

TWENTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2002

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 
   


HOUSE CONCURRENT

RESOLUTION

 

REQUESTING RESEARCH TO DEVELOP RECOMMENDATIONS TO ENABLE CITIZENS STATEWIDE TO HAVE AUDIO AND VIDEO ACCESS OVER THE INTERNET OF LEGISLATIVE PROCEEDINGS.

 

WHEREAS, the Legislature finds that it is crucial to the decision making of the Legislature to have citizen involvement and input into the legislative process, and that one of the most effective means of promoting citizen involvement and input into the legislative process is through public access; and

WHEREAS, the Hawaii State Legislature has demonstrated its commitment to the principle of public access to the legislative process by creating programs such as the public access room, legislative broadcast project, and the legislative website that encourage education and support for citizen involvement in the legislative process; and

WHEREAS, televised coverage of state legislative sessions and hearings is an important source of information for citizen participation in public proceedings, but at present, only some legislative sessions are available through the public broadcast project, and only to people who have access to cable television at specified times; and

WHEREAS, one method of broadcasting legislative hearings to as many people as possible is the publication of legislative events through video and audio on the Internet in a process called streaming media or webcasting, which allows citizens to use a free webcasting player to access audio or video files on their computers; and

WHEREAS, recordings of live webcasts could be archived so that users can hear or view the file whenever they wish, and can be accessed wherever computers are made available, such as in public libraries, schools, youth centers, senior centers, and other public places; and

WHEREAS, $175,000 is appropriated annually for statewide cablecasting of select capitol hearings, but they are only seen live on O'ahu, and the rest of the State has a six-day time lag in viewing these events; and

WHEREAS, audio and video streaming of legislative proceedings in the chamber and in hearing rooms will increase public access and aid in citizen's understanding of governmental procedure; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-First Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2002, the Senate concurring, that the Legislative Reference Bureau is requested to conduct research and develop specific recommendations for webcasting which would allow anyone with an internet connection to listen or watch legislative proceedings live, or, at their election, later on an archived basis; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the Information and Communication Services Division of the Department of Accounting and General Services is requested to supply technical assistance to the Bureau in carrying out this research; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislative Reference Bureau is requested to include in its recommendations, options for simultaneously webcasting either a maximum of two, six, or ten simultaneous streams, and each option should include hardware, software, and infrastructure requirements; costs; policy considerations; operational and management issues; and an implementation time table; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislative Reference Bureau submit findings and conclusions twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 2003; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Director of the Legislative Reference Bureau and the Comptroller.

 

 

 

OFFERED BY:

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Report Title:

Internet Audio and Video Access of Legislative Proceedings