Virginia, Missouri limit media access at state Capitols

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Lawmakers in Virginia and Missouri are moving to limit media access to the goings on at their respective state legislatures.

In Virginia, a top-ranking state senator who has frequently clashed with the press has blocked routine access by reporters to the floor of the state Senate.

Sen. Tommy Norment has declined to say why.

The Missouri Senate voted last week to bar reporters from the floor of the chamber starting in March. Instead, they will be shuttled off to an upstairs visitors’ gallery. That move came after some lawmakers complained reporters had quoted them on Twitter from conversations legislators deemed to be private.

National and state media organizations are pushing back, asking lawmakers in both states to reconsider as sessions get underway across the country.

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