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Legislative newsroom becomes hideout for lawmakers

Laura Leslie, WRAL Capitol Bureau chiefMay 21, 2019

Three months after Republican legislative leaders booted the State Capitol press corps from its longtime quarters in the Legislative Building, the purpose has become clear – to create a private, members-only lounge where lawmakers can take refuge from the press, constituents and lobbyists.

The room’s official opening was Monday, though an electronic lock on the unmarked door ensures only a member’s security badge can open it.

Partitions block the room from the view of people outside in the hall. Inside, chairs, sofas and cushions emblazoned with state symbols complete the retreat, while the walls feature giant photos from the state parks system.

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