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QUESTIONS FOR TELEPHONE SURVEY OF
ON FIELD HEARINGS
1. Has the committee/ subcommittee held field hearings in the past six years?
91 st Congress
2. Please list dates, places, and topic of each field hearing?
3. Why did the committee/subcommittee decide to hold hearings in the field
rather than in Washington ?
4. How did the committee, subcommittee arrange for field hearings?
(a) meeting places
5. Did the committeel subcommittee need to acquire prior consent from the
House Administration Committee or the Senate Rules and Administration
6. Were there any restrictions on such approval ?
7. How were the field hearings funded?
(a) out of committee inquiries and investigations funds - solely - partially
(b) special funds from the contingent funds of the House or Senate for
stenographic services, equipment, etc.
8. Did the committeel subcommittee encounter difficulties in having any vouchers
paid pursuant to expenses encountered in holding field hearings?
Name, position, and length of service on committee of person answering survey questions.
July 3, 1974
This report sets forth the provisions of law and rules governing
the broadcasting of committee hearings in the Senate and the House
of Representatives. Included is the relevant text from the rules of those committees which have broadcast provisions. These texts are provided for Senate and House standing committees, select and special
committees, and the joint committees of Congress.
Statutory authority for the broadcast of hearings is found in
the legislative Reorganization Act of 1970 (Public Law 91-510, 84 Stat,
1140), which authorizes the broadcast either by radio or television,
or both, of open committee hearings in the Senate in sections 116(a)
and 242(a) and in the House in section 116(b).
Provisions of P.L. 9:1-510 Authorizing Senate Committee Broadcast of
Section 116(a) of the 1970 Legislative Reorganization Act, containing Senate committee broadcast provisions, reads :
SEC. 116. (a) Section 133A (b) of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946, as enacted by section 112(a) of this Act, is amended by adding at the end thereof the following: "Whenever any such hearing is open to the public, that hearing may be broadcast by radio or television, or both, under such rules as the committee may adopt,"
In summary, the section provides that hearings open to the public
held by any Senate committee may be broadcast by radio or television, or both, under such rules as the committee may adopt. The Senate Committee on Appropriations, which is exempted from section 116(a), is governed in this matter by section 242(a) of the 1970 Act, which
SEC. 242. (a) Each hearing conducted by the Committee
Thus, P.L. 91-510 authorizes all Senate committees, select and
special as well as standing, to broadcast open committee hearings.
Under prior Senate practice its committees were already permitted to broadcast their hearings by radio and/or television. P.L. 91-510 embodies that practice in rulemaking law, with the additional proviso
that committees may adopt rules to regulate the practice.
As originally reported to the Senate in 1967, s. 355, the legis
lative reorganization bill of 1967, provided that a hearing might be
broadcast "in the discretion of the chairman with the approval of a . majority of the members of the committee..." That language was stricken from the bill by an amendment adopted February 9, 1967. (Congressional Record, Feb. 9, 1967, pp. 3224-3225.) The effect of the amendment was