A dispute over giving a floor pass to a liberal blogger/documentarian to cover the state Senate boiled over Thursday with the Democratic and Republican leaders taking verbal jabs at each other.
Senate President Pro Tem
Senate Republican leader
The Senate leader responded by ordering the sergeant-at-arms to let the permit holder on the Senate floor. He said in the age of the Internet, bloggers, whether liberal or conservative, should be given access to cover and write about the Senate sessions.
"We should err on the side of freedom of the press," Steinberg said.
The Senate later gave final legislative approval to a bill, supported by 99Rise, that, if the governor signs it, puts an advisory measure on the November ballot to seek federal action to overturn the Citizens United court decision that lifted campaign contribution limits on corporations.