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HOUSE COMMITTEE RULES FOR THE 93RD CONGRESS

REGARDING BROADCAST OF HEARINGS

COMMITTEE

RULE NUMBER

DATE ADOPTED

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of coverage of the hearing, except that the television
media may install additional lighting in the hearing
room, without cost to the Government, in order to
raise the ambient lighting level in the hearing
room to the lowest level necessary to provide adequate
television coverage of the hearing at the then
current state of the art of television coverage;

8. Not more than five press photographers shall
be permitted to cover a hearing by still photography:

9. Photographers shall not positio. themselves,
at any time during the course of the hearing, between
the witness table and any Member of the Committee;

10. Photographers shall not place themselves in
positions which obstruct unnecessarily the coverage of
the hearing by the other media;

11. Personnel providing coverage by the television
and radio media shall be then currently accredited
to the Radio and Television Correspondents' Galleries;

12. Personnel providing coverage by still photo
graphy shall be then currently accredited to the Press
Photographere' Gallery;

13. Personnel providing coverage by the television
and radio media and by still photography shall conduct
themselves and their coverage activities in an orderly
and unobtrusive manner.

The coverage of any hearine or other proceeding
the Committee or any Subcommittee thereof by television,
radio, or still photography shall be under the direct
supervision of the Chairman of the Committee, Sub-
committee Chairman, or other Member of the Committee
presiding at such hearing or other proceeding and for
good cause may be terminated by him.

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Joint Congressional Committee Rules Governing the Broadcast of Hearings, 93rd Congress

The joint committees of Congress are not governed by statute

in regard to their authority to broadcast hearings. Two of the eight joint committees of Congress, however, do have broadcast rules: the

Joint Committee on Congressional Operations and the Joint Economic
Committee. The latter adopts the rules of the House and Senate

regarding broadcast by prohibiting the broadcast of hearings "if in conflict with a rule or practice of the House on the side of the Capitol where hearings are being held."

The Joint Committee on Defense Production has no broadcast rule,

Five joint committees have no written rules: Atomic Energy, Internal

Revenue Taxation, Library, Printing, and Reduction of Federal Expenditures. The rules of the joint committees regarding broadcast of

hearings appear on the following pages.

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RULE 13

Television and radio coverage of open hearings of
the committee, or any subcommittee, shall be allowed
unless a majority of the members of the committee or
subcommittee disapprove, Television and radio
coverage of any such portion of hearings of the commit
tee, or of a subcommittee, as may include testimony
of a witness shall not be authorized if such witness
objects to such television or radio coverage; Provided
that such witness shall be afforded the opportunity
to make such objection, if any, to the committee or
sub committee at a time when the proceedings are not
being covered by television or radio.

Defense

Production

No rule.

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Economic

Rule 14

None of the hearings of the committee shall be telecast or broadcast, whether directly or through such devices as wire recordings, wire tapes, motion pictures, or other mechanical means, if in conflict with a rule or practice of the House on the side of the Capitol where bearings are being held. If no general rule or practice prevails in regard to such telecasts or broadcasts, none of the hearings of the

by a majority of the members of the committee.

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Economic

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Telecasts or broadcasts of any such portion of hearings of the committee as may include testimony of a witness, shall not be authorized if such witness objects to such telecast or broadcast: Provided, That such witness shall be afforded the opportunity to make such objection, if any, to the committee at a time when the proceedings are not being telecast or broadcast.

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Trust in Government, 1958-1973

January, 1974

CENTER FOR POLITICAL STUDIES

Warren E. Miller

Director

Arthur H. Miller
Study Director

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