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Help me make some noise, people! Some members of the ND legislature want to continue to keep the public out of the loop of a key part of the legislative process - committee hearings. We must demand access and transparency!! In committee a very important project in SB2001, on-line streaming and archiving of committee hearings, was removed from the bill. Conf. Committee is meeting today! Please contact conference committee members today and tell them to reinstate the on-line streaming and archiving of legislative committee hearing project' to SB2001 , here are their emails:
Rep. Brandenburg (28) email@example.com
Rep. Guggisberg (11) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep Thoreson (44) email@example.com
Sen. Carlisle (30) firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Holmberg (17) email@example.com
Sen. Mathern (11) firstname.lastname@example.org
This is what she wrote to legislators serving on the committee:
I see that you were appointed to the conference committee on SB 2001 and you are scheduled to meet this afternoon. In committee a very important project, the on-line streaming and archiving of committee hearings, was removed from the bill.
On-line access to committee hearing is very common across the country; even our neighbor to the south, South Dakota, stream their committee hearings. In a largely frontier state which holds its legislative session during our harsh winter months access to on-line information is key to citizen involvement; in our prided citizen legislature.
In this day and age, closing the doors on the public and their right for access to this public information, is the wrong direction for North Dakota. Please work to reinstate the on-line streaming and archiving of legislative committee hearings.