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Schwarzenegger Vetoes Reporter Prison Access Bill

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California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed two bills that would have allowed journalists to freely interview inmates at state prisons. The governor, who vetoed similar legislation last year, said the bills were unnecessary because reporters now have “wide ranging access to both prisons and inmates.” in fact, they don’t. The bills would have allowed reporters to arrange one-on-one interviews and to take notes and tape record conversations, which cannot be done under existing prison regulations. (10/12/05)