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                               COLORADO
                        HOUSE DEMOCRATIC OFFICE
                             STATE CAPITOL


       Speaker Romanoff Proposes New Legislative Telecast
               Telecast and Streaming Webcast Will
            “Bring the House of Representatives Home”

Denver –Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff (D-Denver) today announced a
proposal for a public-private partnership offering a live telecast of the State House of
Representatives floor action starting January 2008. The telecast, available on cable TV
and online, would be a significant expansion of the current audio-only streaming of
House and Senate proceedings.

The City of Denver has pledged to invest in the project, indicating its willingness to
extend the fiberoptic cable line that already exists in the Denver City and County
Building to the State Capitol Building.

“Thirty-four states already have similar ‘C-SPANs’ in place,” said Speaker Romanoff. “It
brings Colorado in line with the rest of the country and the 21st century. Technology can
strengthen the connection between voters and their representatives. This will bring the
House of Representatives home.”

The proposal mirrors the current policy of the Colorado General Assembly that the
activities of the legislative branch should be readily accessible to each person in the state.
Colorado’s Sunshine Law states that “the formation of public policy is public business.”
By making the broadcast available over cable and in an indexed form over the Internet,
legislative information will become accessible across the state in a user-friendly format.

Besides securing significant funding and equipment, over the next six months legislative
staff will be negotiating with the City and County of Denver, cable TV companies, and
the Greater Metropolitan Television Consortium.

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