In the last few years, video has become a major component of the Internet. Nowadays you can upload video to YouTube directly from your cell phone; you can broadcast yourself live using services like Ustream (like we did for Arkansas very first live, online townhall about health care last August); you can even watch the Olympics online. More people expect to be able to watch a video of the news online—not just read about it—and in keeping with that trend, the Arkansas House of Representatives has begun streaming some of its meetings live online.
On Monday, the Arkansas Legislature convened for the very first fiscal session.
The 2010 Fiscal Session of the Arkansas Legislature kicked things off yesterday afternoon with an address from Governor Beebe. But amid the snowfall outside and the handshakes and greetings echoing inside the halls of the Capitol, something else happened that perhaps did not get as much attention: Seven non-budget bills were added to the calendar for consideration.