[UPDATE]: The Georgia House passed the rules change that bars reporters from the floor of the House after the Rules Committee met and offered a committee substitute to HR595 at the request of the Speaker. The new language (from my understanding) now reads “between thirty (30) minutes before the House convenes and ending at adjournment.”
To my knowledge, no reporters or cameras have been seen on the House floor since the rules change, although I’ve been quietly sitting up in the House gallery taking my notes.
…This afternoon, the House Rules Committee sent to the floor House Resolution 595, which would limit press access to the floor of the Georgia House of Representatives to “between thirty (30) minutes before the House convenes and ending thirty (30) minutes after adjournment.”
Basically what this language means is that members of the news media will only have access to the House floor thirty minutes before the House convenes and thirty minutes after the House adjourns. They won’t have floor access while the House is in sesson.
HR595 is a Glenn Richardson initiative and it’s the talk of the Capitol Press Corps this afternoon in both the House and the Senate.
From what I hear, House Democrats are opposed to the rules change, and Glenn Richardson is about to learn first-hand the old addage “never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel.”
NOTE: This was cross-posted at Georgia Politics Unfiltered