Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

More on those criminal checks on the media (access required)

A spokeswoman for Gov. Martin O'Malley has elaborated on the issue of criminal background checks for reporters that went into effect today. Last week, the state announced new procedures for issuing media credentials to reporters who cover the State House and state government. The badges issued by the state allow reporters to move freely between buildings in the State House complex without passing through security checkpoints and allow access to the floor of the House of Delegates and Senate and governor's reception room. Included in those new procedures is a requirement for each reporter to submit to a criminal background check.