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Senate considers televising Supreme Court proceedings

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar held a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing this week to discuss televising Supreme Court proceedings in an effort to increase transparency and access to members of the public.

The hearing featured testimony from former U.S. Senator Arlen Specter as well as the chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court, a Federal appellate court judge, and other law experts. Klobuchar has cosponsored legislation that would require television coverage of all open sessions of the Supreme Court.

"From ensuring all children an equal education to providing citizens with their Miranda rights, Supreme Court decisions can have a transformative effect on the lives of Americans. The court should not operate outside of the view of the public that is so greatly impacted by the justices' decisions," Klobuchar said. "Allowing television cameras in the courtroom would increase public confidence in government and help ensure a well-functioning democracy."

Klobuchar is chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts. She has cosponsored the Cameras in the Courtroom Act of 2011, which would require television coverage of all open sessions of the Supreme Court, unless the court decides by a vote of the majority of justices that doing so would constitute a violation of the due process rights of one or more of the parties before the court.