Some House Committees Ban Legislators From Video Streaming During Meetings

Live video streaming of proceedings by legislators using their personal smartphones is being prohibited by some of the committee and subcommittee chairs in the Tennessee General Assembly. And this prohibition could also extend to the House floor.

Said House Speaker Glen Casada’s Chief of Staff Cade Cothren, “The chairmen that are choosing to do this are choosing to do so in order to make the legislative process run more smoothly both for themselves and for the public.”

Apparently, some members were not just streaming the event, which is already being streamed over the Legislature’s website, but they were commenting and editorializing on what they were streaming, creating a distraction among their colleagues while trying to discuss the bill and listen to testimony.

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