A bill to allow video coverage of criminal and civil trials in New York cleared the state Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday amid a new push by media companies hungry for electronic content for their Web sites.

The legislation, sponsored by Committee Chairman John DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, would revisit a subject that has been largely dormant in the Legislature for almost a decade. DeFrancisco’s counterpart in the state Assembly, Helene Weinstein, D-Brooklyn, said movement of the DeFrancisco bill would prompt her to begin canvassing members in her chamber to see how they feel about the issue.

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