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This is nothing more than a heads-up for anyone who is inclined to spend an afternoon in Annapolis in October.

According to an e-mail:

On October 17, 2012, the Joint Committee on Transparency and Open Government will hold a meeting at 1:00 p.m. in room 130 of the House Office Building (Ways and Means Committee room).  The purpose of the meeting is a briefing on the Open Meetings Act.
At the end of the meeting, JCTOG will hear public testimony which will be limited to 3 minutes per person.

To sign up to testify, please send an email to by close of business 10/16.

In the subject line, please enter "Testify 10/17" and in the body of the email please provide your name, the name of any organization, if any, that you represent, and the best way to contact you.

There will also be an opportunity to sign up in person prior to 12:45 pm on the day of the hearing.

Additionally, if you would like to provide written testimony, please submit 20 copies to Kathy Selle, Lisa Simpson, or Nancy Scaggs by 12:45 pm the day of the hearing.

Live streaming video of the meeting will be broadcast. The video will then be archived on the General Assembly's disastrous website (which should, however, have a beta version of a new front end available by October).

As things stand, this is how to find the video:

You can access the video by going to the Maryland General Assembly website clicking on Hearings "(Listen/View)", clicking on "View House Committee Hearings", clicking on "2012 Ways & Means", scrolling to the last page, and clicking on "10_17_2012 meeting 1 (Standard Player)" or "10_17_2012 meeting 1 (Silverlight Player)".  Please note that if another meeting is scheduled in the Ways & Means Committee room before 1pm on the 17th, the recording may be designated "10_17_2012 meeting 2 (Standard Player)" or "10_17_2012 meeting 2 (Silverlight Player)".
It's not clear from the Legislative Services IT department's comments if these videos are completely crossplatform.

I tried listening to an archived Senate hearing on an iPad 2 without success. The file never appeared to load.

I tried viewing a House video, and got a "MediaSite" video panel with an alert to "Install Microsoft Silverlight."


Originally posted to dadadata on Fri Sep 07, 2012 at 07:09 AM PDT.

Also republished by Maryland Kos.

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