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Arizona House rules require news media security checks

Posted at 1:35 PM, Apr 07, 2016
and last updated 2017-04-03 08:21:04-04

The Arizona House of Representatives has imposed new security policies that restrict access for journalists who refuse to submit to extensive background checks, drawing objections from news organizations that they are being stifled in trying to do their jobs.

The Associated Press and other media organizations objected to the sudden imposition of background checks for reporters well-known to the lawmakers in the House and the Senate. As a result, they were denied access to the House floor Thursday and covered the day's debate from the public gallery area.
Lawmakers debated the changes at the start of the session Thursday as Democrats blasted the policy and Republicans stood by their decision to require more rigorous security screening.