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Proposal would vastly increase televised coverage of state government

CT-N control room in the Legislative Office Building.     (Steve Majerus-Collins / ctnewsjunkie)
CT-N control room in the Legislative Office Building. (Steve Majerus-Collins / ctnewsjunkie)

HARTFORD, Conn. – A proposed State Civic Network would offer live and archived coverage of every legislative hearing, appellate court argument and more in a bid to open Connecticut’s government to greater public scrutiny.

Calling it “a next generation vision,” the change has the potential to greatly increase the transparency of government decision-making, said Paul Giguere, president and chief executive officer of the Connecticut Public Affairs Network that operates Connecticut Network or CT-N.

The proposal to turn the CT-N into a more comprehensive civic network would ax the annual $3.2 million state payment and instead shift the operation’s cost to cable television subscribers, who would each pay about $5-a-year more.

Sen. Steve Cassano, D-Manchester, said it’s a small price to pay to increase substantially the visibility of the legislative process.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

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