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programming, more citizen participation, scripted dramatizations
(perhaps with professional actors) and greater two-way involvement with your constituencies.-- all to flesh out and make more understandable the real issues with which legislators grapple. Obviously, such programming will require funding and almost as important, imagination.
More and better state coverage through public television, cable TV and maybe videotape cassettes is in the offing. A lot may depend, however, on the policies of the FCC to really achieve the program potential in the years ahead which is technically feasible today.
If your own legislature conducts most of the people's business in secret behind closed doors, then coverage such as we provide in Connecticut may be difficult or dull, but it's not impossible. Secrecy breeds suspicion and the erosion of public confidence. You, your state and your constituents would perhaps be better served if you don't wait until a possible scandal erupts before opening up
your deliberations to public view and public awareness. If not,
you cannot fault the news media for the resulting lack of public
trust in your work.
The tide is running. Legislators need the people's under
standing and support as the issues become more complex in the years
ahead. I strongly urge you, therefore, to explore the merits of extended television and radio coverage of your legislature, as a powerful means of showing that you believe that you, too, are
accountable for your stewardship.
The late Clinton Rossiter of Cornell maintained that the future
of our American system of self-government rests on the quality of
our votes and of our participation, rather than the quantity. What
we need, he said, is not more voters, but more good voters - men and women who are alert, informed, understanding and reasonable. We at Connecticut Public Television believe that our extended television coverage of the important work of the state legislature is helping to bring this about.
So, open a new window! Let the truth be seen. We will all
legislators and voters alike - be the better for it.
Procedures for Filming and Recording House Side of the Capitol
General Rule.-Capitol corridors, office buildings and grounds; permission to film is required for most of these areas. Gallery will assist in obtaining permission. Notice must be given gallery as far in advance as possible. Permission is NOT necessary for tape interviews with Members in the corridor on the Republican side of the House chamber. There are designated areas for filming on the east and west grounds of the Capitol.
Chamber.- No filming or recording is allowed in House Chamber.
Speaker's Lobby.-Gallery nem'ers are not to record or film in Lobby. If Member paged is not available, correspondent is to leave. Notes are not to be taken from wire machines. Privacy of Members' conversations in Lobby must be respected.
Filming and Recording Members' Conversations.-Not permitted anywhere without consent of Member.
House Floor.-Correspondents are not allowed on the House floor.
Cleaning Up.-Crews and correspondents may clean up discarded film, coffee cups, etc., at “stake outs” wherever located.
Capitol Electricians.-Will supply power cable at stake out locatior s upon request to Architect's office through Gallery. Crews are not to pay cvertime directly to Capitol electricians. Station must be billed by Architect of Capitol.
House Steps.-Correspondents may use steps only for interviews with House Members. Permission must be granted by Speaker's office. Correspondents are not permitted to do standups on House steps. Tripods or shoulder pods may be used. Power will be supplied on request.
Speaker's Office.- No recording or filming is permitted in the area outside and adjacent to the Speaker's office or entrance to Democratic side of Lobby without permission. Gallery should be notified.
Radio-TV Gallery.- House Members of Congress have prior rights to Gallery facilities. Executive Committee is responsible for assigning seats in Chamber at Joint Sessions or meetings. Studio space will be assigned by Gallery for special panel shows and interviews. All studios will be shared on major breaking stories.
Artists.- Artists may not draw or sketch in Gallery.
Dress.-Suit Jackets are to be worn by Gallery Members and visitors in the Chamber when covering House.
Committee Coverage.--Filming and recording House hearings requires permission of the committee chairman. Gallery needs as much advance notice as possible to assist with arrangements.
Electronic Equipment.-Electronic equipment in hearing room must be attended whether in operation or not.
Breaking Down.-- Breaking down equirment while hearing is in progress is prohibited. Special permission must be obtained from chairman for this purpose unless a recess or break is taken. Organizations may not pull out of Mults!
Set-up Time.-Organizations are required to have equipment installed and in place 15 minutes before beginning of hearing or risk exclusion from coverage.
Lighting.–A minimum of lights are to be used on all occasions. Recent lighting difficulties require major effort and cooperation by all organizations.
Stake Outs. —Permission must be obtained from committee chairman. Shoulder pods may be used, but crews are to remain in stake out area. Crews are not allowed to precede or follow witnesses down corridors witl lights, silent cameras or SOF. After exit to sidewalk, subject is fair game.
Rotunda.-Off limits for all filming and broadcasting.
Procedures for Filming and Recording Senate Side of the
Capitol General Rule.-Senate Capitol corridors, office buildings and hearing rooms require permission to film and record. Gallery staff will assist in obtaining permission. Notice should be given the gallery as far in advance as possible.
Chamber.—No filming or recording is allowed in the Senate Chamber.
Senate Floor.-Correspondents are not allowed on the Senate floor except during the leadership news briefing fifteen minutes before each session
Cleaning Up.-Correspondents and crews must clean up discarded film, coffee cups, newspapers, etc. at "stake outs' wherever located.
Stand ups, Interviews.-Stand ups and interviews may be done without permission at the designated areas, east and west front, Capitol grounds, and outside
Room 318 in the Old Senate Office Building in the area of the balcony around the inside of the rotunda. For interviews outside a Senator's office: First, get permission from the Senator; then notify the gallery where and when so the police may be notified.
Capitol Electricians.-The Gallery staff will request, through the Sgt. at Arms a power line at stake outs in the Capitol. Crews are not to pay overtime directly to Capitol electricians. Stations will be billed by the Architect of the Capitol.
Senate Steps.-Correspondents may use the steps only for interviews with Senators. Permission must be granted by the Sgt. at Arms. Correspondents are not permitted to do standups on the Senate Steps. Power will NOT be supplied.
Conversations between Reporters and Senators must not be recorded without their permission.
Only Members of the Senate and House are to be recorded, filmed, or televised in the Senate Radio and Television Gallery.
Artists.- Artists may not draw or sketch in the Senate Gallery.
Dress.-Coats and ties are to be worn by Gallery members and visitors in the Chamber.
Electronic Equipment. — Electronic equipment must not be left operating at any time without being attended. Special perin ission must be obtained from the Committee Chairman when recording equipment or camera are to be set up or taken down after a hearing has convened. Organizations may not pull out of Mults.
Lighting.- A minimum of lights is to be used on all occasions. Recent lighting difficulties require major effort and cooperation by all organizations.
Set-up Time.- Organizations are required to have equipment installed and in place 30 minutes before beginning of hearings.
Stake Outs.-Permission must be obtained from committee chairman. Handheld mikes are not permitted at state outs. All mikes must be secured to the mike stand.
Portable Sound on Film Equipment.-Use of portable S.O.F. equipment is not permitted in the Capitol or Office Buildings without specific permission. Crews are not to precede or follow witnesses down corridors with lights, silent cameras or S.O.F. Equipment.
A Survey of All Congressional Committees Holding Field
Hearings in the 91st through the 93d Congresses
Total for House standing committees....
THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS-CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE—Continued
1 All totals for the 93d Cong. are through June 7, 1974, unless otherwise noted.
$ The Subcommittee on Courts, Civil Liberties, and the Administration of Justice held field hearings but the number of days is not available.
No hearings. ; Through May 11, 1974. * No figures for 1974.