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A Front Row “Tweet Seat” to Mike Pence’s First State of the State

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For the past few years I have had the privilege through my work via Hoosier Access to live blog and live tweet the State of the State address.  With that, I have also had the opportunities for one on one post address interviews with then Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman as well as Republican Speaker of the House Brian Bosma.

Tonight, however, my experience for Mike Pence’s very first State of the State address will bring that experience straight from the floor of the Indiana State House in exclusive front row “Tweet Seats”.  I will be joining Gerry Dick of Inside Indiana Business, Scott Wise of Scotty’s Brewhouse as well as representatives of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Program in covering the event.

“It is imperative that we create new ways to provide accessibility to Hoosiers. This is the people’s house – and Twitter has become such a prevalent communication tool, and this will be a great way to get more people involved with what’s happening at the Statehouse,” said Speaker Brian Bosma.

Below you will find the full press release for tonight’s “Tweet Seat” coverage of the State of the State address.“We must continue to embrace technology and consider new ways to communicate to the public. It is evident that social media is not a trend, but is here to stay.  We will continue to find unique ways to utilize technology and to provide transparency to constituents,” said Speaker Bosma.

Speaker Bosma to host first-ever “Tweet Seats” during State of the State address

STATEHOUSE — Indiana House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) is hosting the first-ever “Tweet Seats” during Governor Mike Pence’s State of the State address on Tuesday. Five individuals from around the state will be in attendance, tweeting live from the Statehouse with updates of Gov. Pence’s address.

The Tweet Seats will provide updates, thoughts and commentary during the State of the State to address their followers and anyone else subscribing to certain hashtags or keywords used on Twitter to help organize information.

“It is imperative that we create new ways to provide accessibility to Hoosiers. This is the people’s house – and Twitter has become such a prevalent communication tool, and this will be a great way to get more people involved with what’s happening at the Statehouse,” said Speaker Brian Bosma.

This decision to provide Tweet Seats is a further extension of Speaker Bosma’s previous transparency initiatives. In 2005, Speaker Bosma began live streaming House floor proceedings. In 2011, he made every House committee meeting available via the Internet.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, they are unaware of any other state ever creating such a platform to utilize social media such as Tweet Seats.

“We must continue to embrace technology and consider new ways to communicate to the public. It is evident that social media is not a trend, but is here to stay.  We will continue to find unique ways to utilize technology and to provide transparency to constituents,” said Speaker Bosma.

Tweet Seat participants will include:

The participants will attend a brief “twitter availability” with House Speaker Brian Bosma prior to the State of the State address where a “twit pic” will be released.

The House Republicans use their Twitter account to provide legislative updates to their followers, including vote summaries when the House is in session and notifications of new episodes of IN the House, their online video series and putting a spotlight on events with representatives.

To follow the Indiana House Republicans on Twitter, search @INHouseGOP.

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