Notice how the revision is buried halfway through the last paragraph? Gotta love legislators and their ability to get creative when attempting to revise or amend existing law. Lol!
To this, back in the early 2000's the California Highway Patrol stopped issuing press credentials due to this exact issue. I few independent journalist were denied credentials and a joint lawsuit was filed that was settled out of court when it was made clear to the CHP that they were not allowed to decide who was and who was not a journalist. This is something that will definitely need to be addressed with this new law in Colorado.They subvert the Constitution's 1A protections by applying a narrow definition of what "media" is in this bill.
(3) "MEDIA" MEANS A NEWS MEDIA ENTITY ASSOCIATED WITH A
STATEWIDE ORGANIZATION REPRESENTING FCC-LICENSED BROADCASTING
ENTITIES OR A STATEWIDE ORGANIZATION REPRESENTING A MAJORITY OF
So unless you have the money to mount a statewide enterprise, and/or to acquire a FCC broadcasting license, you are shut out from having access. All press including independent press should have access. This is a carve out for the corporations and companies that have enough resources to also lobby and make campaign contributions to lawmakers.
This is why I like paragraph d of California P.C. 409.5. Would be nice to see other states adopt something similar.The endorsements on the back were eliminated. Police and fire departments also eliminated access that was previously allowed. A lose, lose proposition. You could have your press card but good luck getting close enough to see anything let alone get a picture of it.