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GOP lawmaker drafts bill requiring journalists to register with police

13 Octobre 2017

State Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Ind., says professional journalists should need licenses to report in IN, and he said he plans to file a bill on the matter to start the year.

The journalist licensing bill, which he said he may file to make a point, is nearly identical to the handgun bill.

The bill draft, which Lucas posted on social media, is almost word-for-word a copy of Indiana's gun permit laws that the state representative has unsuccessfully tried to repeal for years, the Star report said.

Lucas' proposal is nearly an exact copy of the state's law requiring a license to carry a handgun, which Lucas has tried to repeal unsuccessfully for several years.

If journalists have been convicted of a felony, their application may not be approved.

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Lucas said he drafted the bill in reaction to the requirement for handgun owners to have licenses to carry in public, which he said is unfair in relation to the protections under the Second Amendment.

Lucas' proposal comes as President Donald Trump ramps up his war of words with the media.

The Indy Star reported that Lucas, "like Trump has a penchant for stirring controversy over hot-button issues on social media". "I'm highlighting the licensing of a constitutional right". They would be fingerprinted and have to pay $75 for a lifetime license.

Andrew Seaman, ethics committee chairman for the Society of Professional Journalists, told the Indy Star that "every so often legislators try to introduce these types of bills as attention-grabbing stunts".

Lucas would like to put the same restrictions on journalists, who are protected by the First Amendment.

GOP lawmaker drafts bill requiring journalists to register with police