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So long, Senate floor. For as long as anybody can remember, credentialed members of the Texas press corps have sat at a long rectangular table at the front left of the upper chamber, free to observe proceedings, talk shop, and occasionally grab interviews with lawmakers and staffers. This was an unusual privilege: many state legislatures don’t allow press on the floor, and of course Congress doesn’t. In one small way, the Texas Lege, a pretty opaque and parochial institution, was a little more transparent than its counterparts. And since credentialed lobbyists are also allowed on the floor, it seemed only fair to let the hacks in too. This year, when reporters received their Senate credentials, they came absent the “floor rules” reporters are supposed to abide…
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