Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Panel OKs bill to ease media coverage at polls

A bill setting new rules for news media coverage at polling places on election day unanimously passed the Kentucky Senate's State and Local Government Committee on Wednesday and was sent to the Senate floor.

Senate Bill 130 is intended to forestall problems such as polling officials prohibiting journalists from entering polling places or restricting photographers from taking pictures of anything but voters' legs or backs.

"It is not perfect legislation, but it's an improvement over being barred from adequately covering the election process," a statement from the Kentucky Press Association said.

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