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Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez has modified newly imposed restrictions on reporters' floor access to legislators by designating a section in the back of the Assembly's chambers for interviews.

The development marks a significant change from Monday, when Pérez ended the longstanding practice of media interviews in the back of chambers during floor sessions. Reporters were required to conduct such talks in a hallway.

The revision announced Tuesday restores back-of-chamber press interviews but restricts them to a designated spot. Robin Swanson, Perez's spokeswoman, said the speaker's goal has been to enhance decorum and curb noise during floor sessions.

Another rule change ordered by Pérez was not altered Tuesday.

Reporters no longer can approach lawmakers on the Assembly floor once the gavel ends a daily session. Reporters will be kept at bay until lawmakers leave the chambers.


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