RE: Idaho media uses Capitol space rent free/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter
Dustin, the space is not ours; it belongs to Legislative Services, which chooses to make it available to us during the session. The Legislature long has done this as a matter of public interest; it's in the public's interest that the business of the legislative session gets reported to the public. Lobbyists, who are here to represent their own interests and clients, rent a room in the capitol and pay for it. In the past, in addition to the rent-free press work space for use during the session, there were several news outlets that also rented year-round space in the Capitol: The Associated Press, the Idaho Statesman, Idaho Public Television and NPR-Boise State Public Radio/Betsy Russell, Idaho Press Club president. More here.