Rule prevents video of ‘gotcha’ moments in Mississippi House
By LEAH WILLINGHAM
Associated Press/Report for America
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi House members have adopted a new rule banning people from taking videos of lawmakers on the House floor. The rule was adopted Wednesday.
Republican Jason White is the second-ranking leader in the House. He says the goal is to prevent people from catching “gotcha” moments.
For example, it would prevent livestreaming of disputes that are not part of regular debate on bills.
Democratic Rep. Robert Johnson asked whether that could limit free speech.
White says the House cannot prevent journalists from filming in the galleries overlooking the House floor. But he says news media access could be limited on the House floor.