Student journalists; freedom of speech and the press. (SB80)

Introduced By

Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Student journalists; freedom of speech and the press. Declares that, except in certain limited circumstances, a student journalist at a public middle school or high school or 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 school board or governing board, supported through the use of school or campus facilities, or produced in conjunction with a class or 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 middle school or high school or 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 »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
11/26/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101479D
11/26/2019Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/08/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB80)
01/14/2020Assigned Education sub: Public Education
01/23/2020Continued to 2021 in Education and Health (13-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)

Comments

Fred Woehrle writes:

This certainly makes sense for institutions of higher education. One federal appeals court allowed a college to restrict student media, while another didn't (the Sixth Circuit in Kincaid v. Gibson). It makes sense to adopt the latter, more speech-protective approach, given precepts of academic freedom that apply in higher education.

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