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Metro Council begins "live web streaming" of its meeitngs online

Thursday November 20, 2008

For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
                Stephen Haag 574-1204/645-1752

The Louisville Metro Council will officially go online with all council and committee meetings beginning November 20th. The public will be able to access web streaming to see each meeting as well as review ordinances and resolutions under discussion.

“With the use of internet technology, the Metro Council joins other governments across the information highway in giving public access to the decisions made for the Metro Government," says Metro Council President Jim King (D-10). “I am pleased that we have been able to embrace the internet as an easier way to serve the public.”

Beginning November 20th, meetings of the Metro Council will be available on online. Web streaming will allow anyone using a computer at home with a media player to see all committee meetings and regular meetings.

“I am very excited about the opportunity for our residents to become even more engaged with Metro Government. The web streaming of Metro Council meetings will allow our constituents a first-hand look at the important decisions and actions of this Council.” Says Kevin Kramer (R-11) who previously served as Metro Council President and is the current Chair of the Council’s Minority Caucus. “As a teacher, I’m also aware that many of our young people access information via the web. This tool will offer many of our students and youth the opportunity to understand how their government operates. ”

In October 2006, the Council began using the SIRE Agenda Management system that not only handles agendas but all legislation under review. At the same time, the Council installed a new voting system by Granicus.

With new upgrades to both systems, the online user will have easier access to legislation and the web streaming function will allow an easier to follow a committee meeting.

"With the new web streaming, anyone on line will not only be able to watch the meeting but they will be able to follow the same agenda as the Council members," says Metro Council Clerk Kathleen Herron. "A split screen will show the meeting and then a user will be able to scroll up or down to read ordinances or resolutions."

Those who access web streaming to review past meeting will be able to pinpoint video according to which ordinance they would like to hear discussed. A series of access links for a specific meeting will allow the user to pinpoint what they would like to hear or see.

“The Internet has changed the way most of us get our information,” says Councilman Rick Blackwell, (D-12), who was Council President in 2007,chairs the Majority Caucus. “This feature will make the public’s businesses available to a new audience of people who cannot come to meetings but want to know about issues.”

All meetings of the Metro Council will still be broadcast live and replayed on Metro TV, Insight Cable Channel 25. The web streaming feature can be accessed on the Council's home page located at www.louisvilleky.gov/metrocouncil.

Sponsors:
Jim King (D) 10
Kevin Kramer (R) 11
Rick Blackwell (D) 12