Utah lawmaker moves to further limit media access to lawmakers at Capitol

The measure is almost an identical to a guidelines decision authorised by Utah Senate Republicans final week.

Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune Stephanie Burdick of Salt Lake Metropolis units up a gathering for Thursday with Rep. Jim Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville, who voted towards SB96 through the Home Enterprise and Labor Committee vote, Feb. 6, 2019.

A Taylorsville Republican filed a guidelines decision on Thursday to restrict media entry to lawmakers on the Home flooring — an analogous measure authorised by Utah Senate Republicans final week.

The measure, HR2, sponsored by state Rep. James Dunnigan, would require credentialed reporters to get the permission of the Home of Representatives speaker or the speaker’s “designee” to “conduct and document” interviews with lawmakers within the Home chamber, gallery, lounge, halls and committee rooms.

If handed, the hassle would change the best way reporters have communicated with lawmakers at Utah’s Capitol.

Dunnigan didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon Thursday night.

“When conducting an interview within the Home chamber, the information media might enter the chamber for the aim of conducting a selected interview and shall exit the chamber promptly after finishing the interview,” in accordance with the proposed rule change.

The measure is almost an identical to a guidelines decision authorised by Utah Senate Republicans final week. State Sen. Mike McKell, R-Spanish Fork, who sponsored that laws beforehand mentioned the measure would set up clear guidelines over media entry and handle safety issues within the Senate.

HR2 would additionally stop journalists from standing behind a committee room dais with out the approval of a committee chair. Photographers and videographers have typically stood behind the dais throughout committee hearings to seize the face of a person who’s testifying for or towards a invoice.

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