Johnson County cities differ on livestreaming public meetings — how to watch in your city

Johnson County city livestreaming

The city of Shawnee is the latest city in northern Johnson County to work on increased transparency by adding a video live feed to city council and planning commission meetings. The video live feed component will become part of the recordings sometime in early 2022. Above, a recent city planning commission meeting. File photo.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic nearly two years ago, more attention has turned to how local governmental bodies broadcast their public meetings, since in-person attendance in many cases remains limited.

The city of Shawnee, for instance, recently voted to add live video streaming of its city council and planning commission meetings sometime early next year. (Currently, the city only airs live audio.)

Cities across northern Johnson County offer a mix of livestreaming services and also allow public access to recordings of meetings after they are finished.