Texas House increases its media credential limit to 20

How many reporters can you fit in the Texas House chamber before it gets too crowded? Well, House Administration Chairman Charlie Geren didn’t want to take any chances last legislative session, so he limited the number to ten per media outlet. Read our original post.

Not quite a wrench in coverage, but it certainly cut down the wish list for several newsrooms. Those requesting more than the acceptable amount:

  • -KVUE – 62
  • -KEYE – 36
  • -KXAN – 23
  • -Texas Tribune – 23 (one person co-credentialed with KUT)
  • -News 8 Austin (now YNN) – 21

Texas State Capitol (Josh Hinkle/KXAN)

In the past, there was no limit. But after the soaring amount requested in 2011 – 227 total – Geren and the House Business Operations office pointed to a lack of space as the reasoning behind the cap.

Geren – a Fort Worth Republican – still holds his post and still makes the decision regarding credentials, but he has eased up this time around. For the upcoming session starting in January, news outlets may receive up to 20, according to an official in the business office.

Like last session, a non-credentialed journalist must still apply on a case-by-case basis for admittance to the House floor – a temporary pass. Make a call, swing by the office, fill out a form and head to the lower chamber to hang out with your credentialed colleagues.

Certainly some extra work, but a little easier than before. Applications are now being accepted.

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