The 2018 Virginia General Assembly is considering dozens of bills that will affect the renewable energy industry. If you can’t attend meetings in person, you can now see all of the action via a new live-streaming service.
Thanks to a push by lawmakers, the Virginia General Assembly is – for the first time – live-steaming and archiving video recordings from all committee meetings.
Last year, a majority of House and Senate lawmakers signed a letter to Senate Clerk Susan Clarke Schaar and House Clerk G. Paul Nardo asking for video recordings of all committee meetings.
The recordings will allow citizens, lobbyists, and lawmakers who cannot attend the meetings in person to livestream the committee meetings as well as watch past committee meetings from the House and Senate archives.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and advocacy groups support the transition to live-streaming committee meetings in the capitol, expecting it to increase access, transparency, and accountability in the Virginia General Assembly.
The advocacy group Progress Virginia had, in previous general assembly sessions, paid individuals to record committee meetings on their mobile devices for public distribution. Now, the group has a website called Eyes On Richmond supplying live streams of multiple committee meetings.
Select Subcommittee meetings of the Virginia General Assembly will be video recorded by Eyes On Richmond but will not be available through the Virginia General Assembly website.
Follow this link for instructions to view House of Delegates archive videos. To view archived videos from the Virginia Senate, click here.