Student journalists; freedom of speech and the press, definitions. (HB36)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Hurst (D-Blacksburg) with support from co-patron Del. Danica Roem (D-Manassas Park)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public institutions of higher education; student journalists; freedom of speech and the press. Declares that, except in certain limited circumstances, a student journalist at a public institution of higher education has the right to exercise freedom of speech and the press in school-sponsored media, including determining the news, opinion, feature, and advertising content of school-sponsored media, regardless of whether the media is supported financially by the governing board of the institution, supported through the use of campus facilities, or produced in conjunction with a course in which the student is enrolled. The bill defines "school-sponsored media" as any material that is prepared, substantially written, published, or broadcast by a student journalist at a public institution of higher education under the direction of a student media adviser and distributed or generally made available to members of the student body. Read the Bill »


02/10/2020: In Committee


11/19/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100406D
11/19/2019Referred to Committee on Education
01/13/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB36)
01/13/2020Assigned Education sub: Post-Secondary and Higher Ed
01/29/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
02/03/2020Reported from Education with substitute (20-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2020Committee substitute printed 20104720D-H1
02/05/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB36H1)
02/05/2020Read first time
02/06/2020Read second time
02/06/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20104720D-H1
02/06/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB36H1
02/07/2020Read third time and passed House (86-Y 14-N)
02/07/2020VOTE: Passage (86-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/2020Referred to Committee on Education and Health


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 2 minutes.

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