Georgia residents can now watch state Senate standing committee meetings, and press conferences held by senators, live on the internet.

Senate President Pro Tempore David Shafer, R-Duluth, recently announced the livestreaming, which is part of the Senate Transparency Project. The livestreaming is funded by an allocation included in state’s the fiscal year 2018 budget.

 “The Senate is looking forward to the beginning of a new era of transparency and accessibility for Georgians,” Shafer said in a statement. “Livestreaming is a way for everyone, regardless of geographic location, to be involved, educated and informed about the day-to-day operations of the Senate.

“My fellow Senators and I look forward to sharing what our committees are vetting and voting on, as well as creating an open window for people to view their representatives in state government from anywhere in the state. I would like to thank everyone who had a hand in making this project possible. Their hard work and dedication is truly appreciated.”

Officials said meetings and press conferences held in Coverdell Legislative Building rooms 307 and 310, and Rooms 450 and 125, as well as the Senate Mezzanine, at the state Capitol.

Gwinnett residents can view livestreamed standing committee meetings, and look up an archives of meeting videos at http://www.senate.ga.gov/spo/en-US/videobroadcasts.aspx.

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