An Indiana lawmaker has drafted a bill that would require professional journalists to be licensed by state police.
Rep. Jim Lucas said his proposal would require professional journalists to submit an application to the Indiana State Police. Lucas, who leading the charge to repeal a law that requires a permit to carry a handgun, said the media has frequently mischaracterized the idea.
“If I was as irresponsible with my handgun as the media has been with their keyboard, I’d probably be in jail,” he said, according to Indy Star.
Lucas said he originally had the journalism licensing requirement drafted during the last legislative session, but then decided to keep it in reserve.
Under the bill, journalists would be fingerprinted as part of the process and would have to pay a $75 fee for a lifetime license.
“I’m a year ahead of President Trump on this,” Lucas said, according to IndyStar.
Lucas's proposal comes after months of President Trump repeatedly criticizing the media for its coverage of his administration. Trump has often called networks including NBC News, MSNBC, CNN "fake news."
The Fake News Is going all out in order to demean and denigrate! Such hatred!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2017
The president on Wednesday threatened to challenge or revoke the licenses of broadcast networks.