Thanks to Jennifer Armstrong for passing on the story of YouTube testimony in a House committee.
Being discussed was a bill sponsored by Rep. Andy Welti that would incorporate mental health education into school districts’ existing physical education and health programs for students in grades 7 through 12. Kayla Murphy, a Marquette University student and constituent of Rep Welti, testified via YouTube that she has suffered from anorexia nervosa, an illness that claimed her aunt’s life.
You can find her testimony and more details from the story in the Post Bulletin.
I think it’s allowing testimony via YouTube is a great way to broaden citizen participation – both in terms of who testifies and who watches the testimony. Many, if not most, committee meetings seem to be archived (House and Senate) these days on the Legislative web site – but I think YouTube is much more accessible and the testimony on YouTube is more portable. If the owner of the video allows, other can re-post that content on their own sites.