A voting session on the bill establishing liability in cases of death and injury related to dog bites (subscriber access) was not live-streamed over the internet despite a rule change that would have allowed online access.
The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee met Feb. 20, 2014 to vote on a bill sponsored by Sen. Brian E. Frosh, D-Montgomery and chairman of the committee.
While the meeting was open to the public, very few people attended the session. Two reporters sat in during a fairly intense debate over the bill between Frosh and Sen. Bobby Zirkin, D-Baltimore County.
In January, the Senate voted to adopt rules that allow committee chairmen to decide which voting sessions are live-streamed on the internet over the General Assembly’s website. The idea was that not every bill would make the cut but a select few with significant public interest would be broadcast.
That did not happen last Thursday with Frosh’s bill. A press account of the voting session does exist on Twitter.
Frosh, when asked about the lack of an live-stream of the debate (which creates an archived record the public can listen to on demand) he responded:
“I forgot,” Frosh said, referring to turning on the microphones when the bill came up for debate.
Frosh said he has a policy in committee that allows for legislators to request that a voting session debate be broadcast online.
“No one asked,” Frosh said.