Friday, January 29, 2016

Virginia Senate allows reporters back on floor

(AP) — Reporters in Virginia will once again be able to get an up-close look at how the state Senate is operating.

GOP Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment said Friday that he plans to allow reporters back on the floor, where they had worked for decades until he banned them earlier this month at the beginning of the 2016 session.

Norment said he'd reached an agreement with members of the Capitol press corps on new rules for reporting from the floor.

His action to ban reporters meant they had to watch the proceedings from an upstairs visitors' gallery, which offered only a partial view of the proceedings.

Norment faced criticism for the move from Democrats, as well as national press organizations and some members of his own caucus.