TRENTON – Because of the public interest in the vote on the proposed Marriage Equality Act, special arrangements have been made for public and media access to Thursday’s debate in the Senate chamber. The session is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.
• New Jersey Network Public Television and Radio will have video cameras inside the Senate chamber and will provide a pool feed to other broadcast media. Because of limited space, there will be NO other audio or video equipment allowed inside the chamber or in the gallery. Cameras for interviews, stand-ups, etc., can be used elsewhere in the Statehouse.
• NJN’s satellite pool feed will run from 14:15 to 19:15 on HORIZONS 2 (Ku) digital, Transponder 09, Slot 6. FEC: 3 over 4. Symbol Rate: 3.9787. The downlink frequency is 12055 (H) horizontal.
• Satellite trucks should park along the side of the driveway that leads to the rear entrance to the Statehouse parking garage, as parking on West State Street may be limited. Media parking is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
• Room 103, directly across from the first floor entrance to the chamber, has been reserved for broadcast media to set up equipment and access the feed. They will also be able to access the feed from NJN’s satellite truck, which will be parked on West State Street in front of the Statehouse.
• An area immediately outside the chamber will be roped off for conducting and recording interviews with individual members of the Senate.
• The video coverage routinely provided by the New Jersey Cable Telecommunications Association will be streamed live and made available on the Internet at the Legislature’s website: www.njleg.state.nj.us/
• Reporters and still photographers seeking access to the Senate floor will need to display press credentials.
• The Senate gallery on the second floor of the Statehouse has seating for approximately 95 people. Doors to the gallery will remain locked until 1 p.m.
• Overflow seating for the public will be available in Committee Rooms 1 and 6 on the first floor of the Statehouse Annex. There will be screens available in these rooms for the public to watch the debate. Committee Rooms 1 and 6 in the Annex will be open at 2 p.m.