Atlantic City defends budget in Trenton

Live and archived video of Assembly and Senate committee hearings are now available on the state legislative website. Proceedings like this 2016 Assembly Judiciary Committee hearing on Atlantic City's fiscal recovery plan will be able to be viewed rather than just listened to from any computer.

The Office of Legislative Services has installed video cameras in two committee rooms used by the state Senate and Assembly, offering live video as well as audio coverage for the first time on the Legislature’s website.

“NJ Now in Session: Legislature Live” was inspired by C-SPAN, which has provided live video coverage of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate for 30 years, according to a news release.

Assemblyman John Burzichelli, D-Salem, Gloucester, Cumberland, sponsored the legislation to create NJ Now.

“The average New Jersey resident likely doesn’t have time to come to Trenton regularly, and with news coverage dwindling, it may be difficult to keep up with state issues,” said Burzichelli. “NJ Now fills this void.”

Assembly and Senate committees typically handle hearings on proposed legislation, which must pass committees before being voted on by the Senate and Assembly.

Sessions in those rooms will be live streamed and archived for users to watch later, OLS said. Previously, only the audio of public proceedings was available to stream online. The majority of committee hearings are likely to remain audio-only for a while, until more rooms can be equipped with cameras. OLS plans to expand the cameras into two more committee rooms before the end of the year.

To stream NJ Now, visit njleg.state.nj.us and click “Live Proceedings” or “Archived Proceedings.”

Contact: 609-272-7219 mpost@pressofac.com, Twitter @MichelleBPost

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In my first job after college got paid to read the New York Times and summarize articles for an early online data base. First reporting job was with The Daily Record in Parsippany. I have also worked in nonprofits, and have been with The Press since 1990.

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