The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced a pair of bills on broadcasting federal court proceedings, over the objections of the federal judiciary’s administrative arm.

The two bills, which would require the U.S. Supreme Court to allow television coverage of its arguments and to let federal judges authorize the broadcasting of proceedings in their courts, were introduced on a bipartisan basis. If signed into law, the measures would bring transparency to a branch of the federal government that has long been inaccessible to much of the public.

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