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Originally Published: March 18, 2014

Will provide transparency of important stage in legislative process during sunshine week

Groups will urge passage of law requiring webcasting by entire legislature

What: Good government advocates from Citizens Union, Reinvent Albany and NYPIRG will use their smart phones to webcast assembly committee hearings to bring needed transparency and public access to the proceedings. Webcasting can be done with smart phones, which will deomonstrate to the Assembly how easy and inexpensive it can be.   

Who: Citizens Union, Reinvent Albany and NYPIRG.

When: Wednesday, March 19th at 10:15am.

Why: This week is Sunshine Week, a week devoted to showing that open government is good government.  The good government groups will highlight the need for the Assembly to make its committee meetings transparent and accessible to the public, press and advocates. Such a needed and fundamental reform enables New Yorkers to be more active participants in their democracy.

Where: The advocates will hold a press conference at 10:15am on the third floor of the Capitol outside of the senate chambers adjacent to the press offices. They will then proceed to live webcast the following Assembly committee meetings at the times and locations of those meetings listed below. Webcast proceedings can be viewed online at

Codes (LENTOL)

11:00 AM, Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Room 630 LOB

Energy (PAULIN)

11:00 AM, Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Room 715 LOB

Environmental Conservation (SWEENEY)

11:30 AM, Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Room 623 LOB

Small Business (SCARBOROUGH)

11:30 AM, Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Room 624 LOB

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