Iowa Senate adds live video streaming for new year

Published On: Dec 03 2012 12:54:05 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 03 2012 12:53:56 PM CST

Iowa lawmakers are adding more transparency to their day-to-day workings at the Capitol.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports the state Senate will begin offering live video streaming of floor debates during the upcoming legislative session.

Officials say the installation of several video cameras cost more than $200,000, but a state grant helped cover the bulk of it.

The move brings the Senate in line with the House, whose members began offering live video streaming last year.

House officials say their online audience was small during the first year. But lawmakers say they expect a jump once more people become aware of the service.