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Staying connected to the AK legislative session

January 17, 2011|Ted Land | Land on the Legislature
  • New ceiling-mounted cameras that will be used to stream the legislative session have been popping up in meeting rooms.
Photo by Ted Land/KTUU

JUNEAU, Alaska — There are some new ways to keep an eye lawmakers during their 90-day session in Juneau.


AlaskaLegislature.tv plans to stream meetings live over the internet using a series of cameras they’ve installed in committee rooms.


The Legislature started the service last year on a limited trial basis and it looks like this year’s service will be greatly expanded.


I’m noticing a lot more ceiling mounted web cameras in meeting rooms and a few days ago checked out the control room and studio they installed next door... Very slick.


There are also some exciting changes for Gavel to Gavel, the public TV service which carries key meetings and events.


They’re back on the air with a fresh logo and now streaming onto a sophisticated new website: gavelalaska.org.


What’s really cool is that they’ve archived various audio, and in some cases video, going all the way back to 2001.


The service is provided by local station KTOO, with support from the City and Borough of Juneau, as well as a number of other sponsors.

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