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Proposed Minnesota Senate Credentialing Rule

Proposed Minnesota Senate Credentialing Rule

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A draft proposal for expanding and standardizing media credentialing for the Minnesota state Senate
A draft proposal for expanding and standardizing media credentialing for the Minnesota state Senate

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Published by: dbrauer_1 on Feb 28, 2011
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CREDENTIALINGThe credentialing process will be administered by the Sergeant at Arms.  There shall beno intervention or interference from any Senator or partisan staff person at any timeunless or until there is an appeal before the Rules Committee.Organizations owned or controlled by registered lobbyists, political parties or other partyorganizations (defined as organizations registered with the Campaign Finance Board or the Federal Election Commission) shall not be granted credentials.The Senate must not define who is a reporter, however, due to issues of space, the Senatehas a compelling interest in limiting media credentialing to reporters demonstratingfrequency and seriousness. For that reason the following rules apply:1. Organizations or individuals requesting credentials must furnish, upon the request of the Sergeant at Arms, three (3) pieces (written, video or otherwise) on matters before thelegislature written or recorded in the past year. Any opinion in such pieces is immaterialto review.2. For session passes, the Sergeant at Arms shall be given up to fourteen (14) days for review.3. If an applicant is rejected, the Sergeant must state the reason in writing and notify theapplicant, the Secretary of the Senate, the Majority Leader and Minority Leader inwriting.4. The Sergeant at Arms may grant day passes within the 14-day window to organizationscomplying with the other above rules if space permits.APPEALSAny appeal for denied credentialing must be brought forth in writing to the Secretary of the Senate, the Senate Majority Leader and the Senate Minority Leader.  A RulesCommittee review and ruling must take place within thirty (30) days of receiving a letter of appeal.
The Secretary shall provide no fewer than 6 spaces for news reporters on the Senate floor,and no fewer than 10 spaces in the Senate gallery.  Because of limited space on the floor,no fewer than 4 spaces will be reserved for reporters from media organizations withleases in the Capitol press area.  All other media gallery access will be governed on afirst-come, first-served basis to credentialed reporters. However, should the designatedspace fill, organizations may have no more than one member if other organizationscannot be accommodated. (Note: organizations can be as small as a single reporter.)

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