WASHINGTON—In a recent blog post on the Radio Television Digital News Association’s (RTDNA) website, RTDNA Executive Director Mike Cavender reaffirms the organization’s support for a bill that would put cameras in the Supreme Court. This is a bill that has been introduced in the past, but is once again resurfacing for the 115th Congress.
The Cameras in the Court Act is a bipartisan effort, having been reintroduced by Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Ted Poe (R-Texas). The bill states: “The Supreme Court shall permit television coverage of all open sessions of the Court unless the court decides, by a vote of the majority of justices, that allowing such coverage in a particular case would constitute a violation of the due process of one or more of the parties before the court.”
Most states allow for some form video and photographic coverage, though RTDNA and offer organizations have had no such luck in the past when it comes to similar regulations for the Supreme Court.
“RTDNA calls on the 115th Congress to give this bill a full and fair hearing with the hope that Speaker Paul Ryan will put it to a vote,” wrote Cavender. “Americans deserve to see for themselves the history-making arguments that are made before our Supreme Court.”