In 1993, the Senate adopted a resolution calling for the design and installation of a closed-circuit television broadcasting system to provide television coverage of all Senate Sessions. The system first became operational on March 15, 1994. The resolution also mandates that this coverage be provided without any editorial change or comment.
The system consists of six remote controlled, robotic cameras installed in the Senate Chamber on specially designed mounts. These cameras and mounts were specifically chosen to minimize the visual impact on the historically significant decor of the Chamber. The remainder of the system was installed in a small anteroom in the rear of the Chamber. It includes switching, recording, and graphic generation equipment and is operated by two staff engineers.
The broadcast signal is made available to the media through a drop room located in the Capitol East Wing. In this room, the media can record any part of the session. In addition, the signal is received by The Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) for rebroadcast to cable subscribers throughout the Commonwealth. PCN provides live broadcast of significant legislative events and provides a tape delay broadcast for other session activity during their evening public affairs program.