Legislation to require that localities provide a live video broadcast of public meetings of the local governing body and to archive such broadcasts on their websites failed on a close vote on the House floor earlier this week.
HB 1487 (March), for those localities that do not currently live broadcast and archive, would have caused a one-time increase in capital expenditures due to purchases of technology equipment. Additionally, the bill could cause recurring expenditures from increased employment costs (e.g., hiring additional personnel to conduct these live broadcasts), and/or changing licenses for their current webpage services. VACo expressed these concerns in committee in opposition to the measure.
VACo Contact: Joe Lerch, AICP