- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 25, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A bill that would funnel millions of dollars more in revenue to Connecticut’s government affairs television network has cleared a key committee.

The funding increase would allow CT-N to provide gavel-to-gavel coverage of all official legislative meetings at the state Capitol.

The Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee on Tuesday voted 33-17 in favor of the measure to increase CT-N’s funding from $2.5 million to $6 million. The money would come from a tax on cable television companies.

Under its plans, CT-N would record, live web-stream and archive every legislative committee meeting, hearing and House and Senate session. Viewers could watch the programming on demand.

Some lawmakers voiced concern about the large amount of revenue and whether local public access programming could be financially harmed.

The proposal could change as budget negotiations progress.

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