Westbury, NY asked in Civil Litigation and Gov & Administrative Law for New York

Q: Can I record video-record a constituent meeting involving me and legislative staff at my congressional office?

I have requested a constituent meting with legislative staff at the congressional office of a U.S. Representative. The office has declined to allow me to video-record the constituent meeting. As this is a publicly funded, taxpayer-subsidized office, am I within my congressional rights to record the constituent meeting in the congressional office, an arguable "public space?" The meeting will involve me - a member of the public - and legislative staff members.

1 Lawyer Answer
Barry E. Janay
Barry E. Janay PRO label
  • Florham Park, NJ
  • Licensed in New York

A: Just the fact that it is public doesn't mean it can be recorded (i.e. court proceedings in many instance are not allowed to be recorded).

In certain locales privacy laws have been implemented whereby you cannot record someone without their consent and that also would apply to legislators and their staff.

If you want detailed research, advising, and consultation I'm happy to assist, but there of course would be a fee involved.

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