The First Amendment Coalition of Arizona is demanding House Speaker David Gowan rescind his policy of requiring extensive background checks of reporters before restoring their access to the floor.

No reporter has agreed to the checks, which cover not just criminal matters but also allows House staff to check civil issues, driving records and even prior addresses. That has left reporters to cover the House from the gallery, where they no longer have access to lawmakers before or after the floor session to question them about their legislation or statements.

David Bodney, representing several media outlets, said he is hoping to confer with the House attorney early Monday to see if a resolution is possible.

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