A reporter brought an audio recorder to a public meeting of an NCGA committee today. That's common practice.
Then GOP insanity broke out.
The most bizarre incident of the day occurred in the Senate Commerce Committee, where Chairman Rick Gunn had the sergeant-at-arms confiscate the recorder used by a reporter. Neither Gunn nor the Senate sergeant-at-arms could provide a reason why the recorder, which was later returned to the reporter, was taken.
Gunn did provide a (completely bogus) reason at one point.
Sen. Rick Gunn, R-Alamance, co-chairman of the Senate Commercial Services Committee, said Tuesday that audio devices need to be approved by the Senate sergeant-at-arms in order to record meetings. He later rescinded his comment, saying that approval was not needed because it was the committee's first meeting.
North Carolina Press Association attorney Amanda Martin says pre-approval of recording devices would violate the state open meetings law.
Of course Gunn later apologized and threw himself on the mercy of the court (while pigs flew overhead).
Gunn said later that he misspoke in response to an unattended device at the table, and that recording devices of all kinds are allowed in public meetings and do not have to be approved.