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Area lawmakers split over funding to record legislative meetings

A bill that would funnel millions of dollars more in revenue to Connecticut's government affairs television network has cleared a key committee this week.  The funding increase would allow CT-N, created in part by Danbury Representative Bob Godfrey, to provide gavel-to-gavel coverage of all official legislative meetings at the state Capitol.  He says the funding will cover equipment to record all activities as well as stream those videos online.

 

The Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee on Tuesday voted 33-17 to increase CT-N's funding from $2.5 million to $6 million. The money would come from a tax on cable television companies. 

 

Representatives John Shaban of Redding, John Frey of Ridgefield and David Scribner of Brookfield were among the no votes.  Senators Mike McLachlan of Danbury and Toni Boucher of Wilton also voted no.