Follow Budget Hearings from Home

HOW CAN I MONITOR THE  LEGISLATIVE HEARINGS IF I CANNOT ATTEND?

People can monitor California  legislative policy and budget hearings in several ways including live cable  televised broadcasts (limited to cable services that offer it); live audio;  and live internet streaming from the CalChannel and legislative websites.

Nearly all hearings,€“ even those not televised live,€“ can be watched later (at least by the next day) in  the video archive.  See below for information.
LIVE VIDEO STREAM €& INTERNET
Most of the scheduled hearings can be viewed live on the CalChannel website here.

The page will say “LIVE  Webcast California Legislative Hearings”€  Below that heading, look for  the floor session, committee or subcommittee you wish to monitor and the  scheduled time of the hearing or floor session and at that time.

When the hearing or floor  session starts, the posted date and time will changed to “In Progress &€“ View  Event”€  Click on that, and a box should open up with the live stream.
WATCHING A HEARING LATER
CalChannel.com keeps an  archive of all the hearings held that can be viewed by anyone.  Viewing  the live or recorded hearings from the CalChannel website is  free.

To view a recorded hearing,  go to the CalChannel website and click the tab “€œVideo on Demand” or click on this link.

The page will list all the  hearings recorded by date and committee name. 

If you wish to download the entire hearing on your computer, click on the “MP4 Download”€ link next to the hearing you want.  If you wish to view the hearing from the website click the “video”€ link next to the hearing you want, under the “Watch”€ column. 

Both are free to the public.
LIVE CABLE TV BROADCAST
People can also view the  hearing via cable TV through CalChannel.  To find what channel it may be  on (if you cable company carries CalChannel) check this listing for your city  or area and local cable company:
http://www.calchannel.com/local-listing/

To find out what hearings  will be televised live on your cable channel, go to the CalChannel.com website  for the schedule of hearings that will be broadcast live (this is DIFFERENT  from hearings that are streamed live) at
http://www.calchannel.com/tv-schedule/

AUDIO ONLY INTERNET  BROADCAST AND LIVE VIDEO STREAM
Look for the hearing you want to listen to below, find the room number, and then click on the Assembly website link.

Next, click on the room number  (or chamber) where the hearing or floor session is located.   The audio quality varies  depending on the room and who is speaking.  (It doesn’€™t matter if the  floor session or hearing is an Assembly or Senate floor session or hearing —  you can access either through this site).

The live video stream also  available on this page is different from the CalChannel video stream, with the  video camera in a fixed position and the quality not as good.

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This information comes from CDCAN.  Many thanks to them.

Contact info
(note new mailing address if you have seen another in the past)

CDCAN (California Disability Community Action Network)
1500 West El Camino Avenue Suite  499
Sacramento, CA 95833
Office Line: 916-418-4745  CDCAN Cell Phone:  916-757-9549 (replaced
916-212-0237)
http://www.cdcan.us/
martyomoto@rcip.com
You may subscribe to the CDCAN report from the web site above.

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