House Republicans may close caucus discussions to public

PHOENIX (AP) - Majority Republicans in the Arizona House may close their caucuses to lobbyists, reporters and other members of the public so lawmakers can discuss legislation and budget proposals in private.

The Arizona Capitol Times reports that GOP leaders in the House are rounding up votes for a rule change to allow caucuses to be closed to the public.

House Majority Leader Steve Montenegro that some members are concerned that holding all discussions in public means the news media would pick on when legislators express concerns about legislation.

The Litchfield Park Republican says there's also concern about grandstanding by some legislators when caucuses are open.

House Minority Leader Eric Meyer says Republicans' caucuses should continue to be open because that's often the only times that lawmakers explain their positions on legislation.

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