House floor ban for reporters stands despite repeal effort

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Posted: Apr 11, 2016 7:46 PM
House floor ban for reporters stands despite repeal effort

PHOENIX (AP) — An effort by Arizona House Democrats to restore reporters' access to the chamber has failed and journalists remain relegated to the gallery.

Democrats sought a new rule Monday mandating reporter floor access and another barring firearms from the floor, but they were rebuffed by majority Republicans.

Republican House Speaker David Gowan barred reporters from the floor last week unless they agreed to extensive background checks. The Associated Press and other news organizations refused to sign waivers allowing the checks.

Gowan said he was motivated by security concerns prompted by recent protests in the public gallery and at the executive tower.

Gowan barred reporters three months after the Arizona Capitol Times reported that the Republican lawmaker was using a state vehicle and collecting extra pay for working while campaigning for Congress.