Senate To Consider Bill Favoring Cameras In Supreme Court

Jun 21, 2013 Advocacy

By Wills Citty 

WASHINGTON, DC (June 21, 2013) – Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Chuck Grassley (R-IO) introduced legislation Thursday that would require the Supreme Court to televise proceedings, just days before the high court is expected to hand down a series of major rulings.

The Supreme Court has just over a week to publish decisions on gay marriage, affirmative action, and the Voting Rights Act, some of the most contentiously litigated and publicly discussed issues of the day.

The Cameras in the Courtroom Act of 2013 would require the Supreme Court to offer live television access of proceedings unless a majority of Justices agree that doing so would violate the due process rights of a party before the Court. Currently, a written transcript of the proceedings is published each day the Court is session, and audio is posted at the end of the week.

In a letter to Chief Justice John Roberts earlier this week, Senator Durbin argued the importance of increased transparency.

Read all about it online here, in NPPA's Advocacy Blog