With budget review hearings slated to begin this week and the 2013 Legislative Session right around the corner, the State Senate on Friday announced a new website dedicated to giving members of the public and the press instantaneous access to the research materials and other presentations Senators will use as they develop the Fiscal 2014 budget.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Clark Jolley said the addition of the webpage and a larger monitor in 419-C, the conference room where Senate Appropriations meetings are held, represented a tremendous  leap forward in providing timely, detailed information about the budget process.

The Senate Appropriations website is http://appropriations.oksenate.gov/. It can also be accessed through the Senate’s homepage at www.oksenate.gov.  

Those logging on can watch streaming video of budget meetings while viewing reports, copies of bills and votes.

Among other on-going modernization efforts is the addition of TV monitors in all committee rooms as well as the capability for live webcasting.  Room 419-C, the Senate’s largest committee room, has also been equipped with a 90 inch screen so that everyone in attendance can view document text and see committee votes. One of the additional benefits is reclaiming lost seating which was required by projectors formally used with a smaller screen.