Here’s another likely reason for the longstanding reluctance of many members of the General Assembly to endorse televising all committee meetings and floor sessions: “hot” (i.e. live) microphones.
What’s the big deal you ask?
For the answer we turn to California State Assemblyman Michael Duvall, a conservative defender of “family values” from “the OC”:
According to Think Progress (which cites two different news sources):
A ‘family values’ California legislator has been caught on tape bragging about having sex in his office with two different women, both married and both lobbyists. Michael Duvall, who sits on the “Rules Committee that oversees member ethics,” was recorded at a public hearing by a committee room microphone he evidently did not realize was turned on. KCAL-9 reporter Dave Lopez revealed yesterday that Republican Michael Duvall, a two-time assemblyman representing Yorba Linda who is married with two grown children, was recorded ‘talking about a very sensitive subject into a hot microphone without realizing it.'”
After all, it’s one thing to be overheard by a few other people in a committee room, but quite another to have your exploits broadcast to the whole world.