Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Hooray! It's The Oregon Channel!

Here's some excellent news from the folks at OPB:
Beginning Monday, January 8, you can tune in to the Oregon Channel — a 24-hour digital television service — for gavel-to-gavel coverage of Oregon legislative floor sessions, committee hearings, Capitol news conferences, and other state government and public affairs events.

The Oregon Channel is a pilot project and partnership of OPB, the Oregon Legislature and Southern Oregon Public Television.
Rulzor! One of the things that has been bumming me out about the impending 2007 session is that I have a day job and can't be in Salem to report more fully on it. Thanks to the miracle of tape delay, repeats and even streaming video, there will be no excuse but the number of hours in a day for us not to bring you what's going on at the Capitol. Not only will there be coverage of events on the floor, but according to the channel's own webpage, you can check in on various hearing rooms as well, even if they're not being shown live on TV.

I suppose the name's been sort of taken, but I think O-SPAN would have been a better choice. Nonetheless, starting next week Oregonians will be treated to unprecedented access to the sunshine of deliberative politics, as well as the pomp and circumstance of ceremonial events. Unfortunately the whole state won't get the channel in this phase, but if you receive any of these systems:
  • OPB digital channel 10-3 over the air, 7-3 in Corvallis, and 28-3 in Eugene
  • Comcast digital cable channel 311
  • Clear Creek Telephone & TeleVision digital channel 168 in Oregon City
  • BendBroadband digital cable channel 701
then you're good to go. And if you're wondering what you might see if you tuned in next Monday, Sen Avel Gordly's office (man, is she ready for session!) has helpfully passed out some of the day's goings-on:

8:30 a.m. House of Representatives Convenes
For the purpose of organization

9:45 a.m. Senate Convenes
Appointments and reports of Committees on Permanent Organization and Order of Business and Credentials.
Oath of office for newly-elected Senators
Election of Permanent Officers of the Senate

Members of the Senate will form a line, two-by-two, for a procession to the House Chamber as a group.

10:45 a.m. Joint Assembly for Inaugural Address from Governor Kulongoski
Seating for the Joint Assembly requires a ticket. Each Senate member will receive 2 tickets for guests. Senator Gordly's guests will be two constituents.

Note: At the end of the joint session, Senate members will meet on the grand staircase leading up to the Senate chamber for a photo of the full Senate.

Afternoon Session

2:30 p.m. Senate reconvenes
Adoption of Senate Rules
Appointment of standing committees
Introduction and first reading of Senate measures
Consideration of concurrent resolution setting schedule for 2007 regular session.