New security measures at the Arizona House of Representatives require felony and misdemeanor background checks for reporters who wish to do their job from a table on the floor of the House of Representatives.

David Bodney, a media lawyer who is trying to get the new policy changed, said reporters are worried that, if they submit to the background checks, their private legal information could be released to the public, and that they could experience retaliation.

“It’s really about fixing this policy, and in particular this authorization form, to reduce the risk of retaliatory actions by the Speaker, toward reporters," Bodney said.

Because of those concerns, Bodney said, public access to information about the state lawmaking process could be reduced.


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