Media Release by Virginia House Republican Campaign Committee on May 4, 2017
Statement of Speaker William J. Howell on House Transparency Efforts
RICHMOND, VA – Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell issued the following statement on transparency efforts by the Virginia House of Delegates, following the Senate announcement on its 2018 transparency pilot project.
The House has been working toward additional live streaming capabilities without fanfare for the last several months. We fully expect House committee meetings will be live streamed, archived, and fully compatible with other public resources beginning with the 2018 session.
The House is leading the effort to improve legislative transparency by consistently preserving press access on the House floor, prohibiting committee meetings on the House floor, publicly archiving floor sessions, posting all legislative documents online before votes are taken, requiring mandatory public review periods before budget votes, and providing meeting and agenda updates via e-mail and Twitter.