Proos: New live streaming gives people greater access to Senate process

Senator John Proos

Senator John Proos

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Proos said on Friday that residents now have greater access to the Senate legislative process thanks to new live streaming of session and committee meetings.

The secretary of the Senate has announced that all Michigan Senate televised events will now be available via two live web streams — enabling the Senate to stream up to two events simultaneously.

“I applaud the Senate for making this important technology upgrade,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “I believe that providing the public with information is a vital part of making the state more responsive and accountable to the people. This new live streaming will significantly increase the amount of material available to residents and make it easier for them to follow Senate proceedings.”

Streamed content will also be archived and accessible via the Michigan Senate Video On Demand website. Live streaming will make it possible for the public to download copies of televised events via the website at no cost.

The secretary of the Senate plans to make televised events available for viewing or download over the course of each entire two-year session of the Senate. The newly launched website will soon have available content dating back to January.

“Southwest Michigan families cannot always come to Lansing to observe their senators in action or watch committees,” Proos said. “This new system will enable the public to now watch the legislative process from the comfort of their home computer.”

Michigan Senate live streaming is available via www.misenate.viebit.com or by clicking “Play Live Video” on the Michigan Senate homepage at www.senate.michigan.gov.

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Editor’s note: Audio comments by Proos are available on the senator’s website at www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Audio” under the Media Center tab.