Meekhof announces live streaming

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Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

LANSING—Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, and Senate Secretary Jeff Cobb today announced live streaming of senate televised events.

Michigan Senate televised events will now be available via two live senate web streams.  This technology will enable the senate to stream up to two events simultaneously.

“Transparency and participation are crucial to the democratic process,” said Meekhof.  Citizens and the media can’t always come to Lansing to observe session or watch committees in action, but with greater access via live streaming, the public can now watch the legislative process unfold on their computers.”

Streamed content will also be archived and accessible via the Michigan Senate Video On Demand website.  Interested parties may view or download video files “on demand.”  Copies of televised senate events were previously made available to the public on DVD format at a cost.  Live streaming will make it possible for the public to download copies of televised events via the website at no cost.

“This upgrade in technology is long overdue. The new system will significantly increase the amount of material available and make it easier for the public to follow senate proceedings,” said Cobb.

The Secretary of the Senate plans to make televised events available for viewing or download over the course of each entire two-year session of the senate.   The newly launched website will soon have available content dating back to January of 2015.

Long term, the senate plans to upgrade the system to carry all senate televised events and offer a third web stream.

Michigan Senate live streaming is available via www.misenate.viebit.com or by clicking “Play Live Video” on the Michigan Senate homepage, www.senate.michigan.gov.