Arizona Statehouse reporters are protesting a new background check instituted by House Speaker David Gowan.

The background checks are the result of “security concerns that arose earlier this week when protesters repeatedly disrupted an Elections Committee meeting and then disrupted floor proceedings,” according to a form sent to reporters.

David Bodney, a partner at law firm Ballard Spahr who is representing some of the media organizations involved, said he is working with the House to change the language of this new background check.

“We think the House really needs to establish, in minimum, a rational basis for the new policy, and to demonstrate that the policy they created is fair and non-discriminatory,” said Bodney, who is also president of the Endowment Board of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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