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Must see TV? Bill by South Coast legislator allows remote access to many court proceedings

Bill Oxford
A new state law, authored by a South Coast legislator, will improve public and media remote access to court proceedings.

Governor signs legislation calling for live internet or phone access to court hearings.

The Governor has signed into law a bill by a South Coast legislator which will make it easier for the public, and the news media, to have virtual access to court proceedings.

AB 716 requires courts to provide virtual or telephone access to open court activity.

Democratic Assemblyman Steve Bennett of Ventura authored the legislation. Bennett says the pandemic showed the need to provide more options for access to court proceedings. He says the bill also creates more transparency in government.

The legislation doesn’t limit a judge’s ability to hold closed hearings if it’s deemed necessary.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.