STATEWIDE-Indiana state Republican Jim Lucas says the idea of the government licensing journalists is "reprehensible", but he still had a bill drafted to do just that.
The journalist licensing bill, which he said he may file to make a point, is nearly identical to the handgun bill.
But Lucas said the bill is really about gun rights - Lucas has tried unsuccessfully to repeal an IN law that requires a permit to carry a handgun.
"If you're okay licensing my second amendment right, what's wrong with licensing your first amendment right?" They would be fingerprinted and have to pay $75 for a lifetime license. "He has been harshly critical of the media's coverage of the handgun bill".
The Indy Star called the proposal "almost an exact copy of Indiana's law requiring a license to carry a handgun".
If journalists have been convicted of a felony, their application may not be approved. The proposal, however, may be more rhetorical than serious.
Whether Lucas actually plans to introduce the bill is a murkier question.
"It depends on how egregious and irresponsible you are between now and then", he said.