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Utah lawmakers scrap plans to bar reporters from House floor before sessions

By Dennis Romboy, KSL | Posted - Feb 28th, 2018 @ 11:48am

SALT LAKE CITY — State lawmakers scrapped plans late Tuesday to keep reporters off the House floor before they debate and vote on bills.

The proposal from Rep. Jim Dunnigan, HR4, originally sought to block reporters from the chamber floor 45 minutes before morning and afternoon sessions. That was whittled to five minutes before being removed all together.

The new rule now says reporters may go on to the floor to conduct interviews but aren't allowed to linger or loiter, Dunnigan said.

The House, however, passed another resolution regarding journalists. HJR16 requires reporters to take a workplace harassment training course to obtain credentials to cover the Legislature. The measure now goes to the Senate.

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