Two bills that would permit electronic coverage of federal judicial proceedings have been introduced in the Senate in the early weeks of the 110th Congress.

The first, the Sunshine in the Courtroom Act of 2007 (S.352), introduced by Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Charles Schumer (D-NY), would open all federal courtrooms to electronic news coverage. The law would give full discretion to the presiding judge of a case as to whether cameras or recording devices would be allowed during proceedings in federal trial and appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, for media coverage under a three-year experiment at the discretion of the presiding judge.

The second bill, S. 344, introduced by Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), would permit electronic coverage of Supreme Court proceedings unless a majority of the justices determine that the due process rights of one or more litigant would be violated.