News Correspondents and Reporters
138. (a) Any person accorded the privilege of the press
gallery or press table must be a news correspondent or reporter for
a newspaper, a radio or television station, or of a recognized
press association, who is not engaged in any department of state
government, or in any other business; and no more than one
representative of each shall be admitted to the press table or
press gallery at one time.
(b) All applications for admission to the press gallery or
press table must be made to the Speaker. Such applications shall
state the name and location of the newspaper, news association,
radio or television station, and be signed by the applicant. The
Speaker may request the news representatives to establish a
committee on accreditation of applicants, and he shall consider
recommendations made by such committee.
(c) The Speaker shall verify statements made in such
application, and if the application is approved by him, he shall
issue a correspondent's card, signed by him.
(d) The correspondents shall not visit the members in their
seats during the session of the House, and shall abide by such
rules and regulations as may be adopted by the Rules Committee of
(e) The card issued by the Speaker must be presented when
required by any Sergeant at Arms. It shall not be transferable.
The transfer or loan of such card to anyone shall be followed by its cancellation and the withdrawal of all its privileges from the
correspondent so offending.
(f) The gallery or press tables allotted to news
correspondents shall be for their exclusive use, and persons not
holding correspondents' cards shall not be entitled to admission