ILLINOIS — House lawmakers unanimously passed New Voices legislation Tuesday that would bolster free speech rights for high school journalists and prevent administrative censorship in the Prairie State. House Bill 5902, introduced by Democratic Rep. Will Guzzardi earlier this year, would protect high school journalists’ right to free speech and of the press in school-sponsored media,… Continue reading Illinois House unanimously sends New Voices press freedom bill on to Senate
Passion filled the room when free press advocates, student journalists and educators stressed the importance of unrestricted journalism for high school and college students in a state Senate committee hearing regarding the Walter Cronkite New Voices Act on Wednesday — which the committee then passed 7-0. In 1988, Missouri became the birthplace of the landmark… Continue reading Missouri Senate committee unanimously passes New Voices legislation following hearing
The Michigan Senate Committee of the Judiciary unanimously passed a student press freedom bill in March. This video shows why it's important with clips from the bill's hearing and U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's speech on the Senate floor. Music: Wayfaring Blues by Skill_Borrower (c) 2015, Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. Video by SPLC intern Brooke Bean.… Continue reading Video: Fighting for students’ freedom of speech
The state legislature gave final approval to a student press freedom bill this weekend, sending the anti-censorship legislation to the governor’s desk. On Saturday, the state Senate voted 37-9 to concur with the House amendments and give final approval to the legislation which would grant high school and college student journalists the ability to exercise… Continue reading Maryland legislature passes student press freedom bill
The Old Line State might be the first state in the national New Voices movement to pass a student press freedom bill this year, as the legislation cleared the Maryland House and moves back to the Senate for final consideration. On Thursday, the Maryland House voted 130-6 to pass the legislation, which would grant high… Continue reading Maryland House approves student press freedom bill, final vote expected soon
Lawmakers on a House committee unanimously passed ‘New Voices’ legislation Wednesday that would bolster First Amendment protections for high school student journalists in the state. About 50 high school students, their journalism advisers and free speech advocates attended the hearing for House Bill 5902 that would protect high school journalists’ right to free speech and… Continue reading Illinois student press freedom bill passes unanimously through House committee
Student press freedom is on the table before Maryland representatives, who heard testimony this week on a ‘New Voices’ bill that has already passed the state Senate. The anti-censorship bill would grant high school and college student journalists the ability to exercise freedom of speech and of the press in school-sponsored media, regardless of whether… Continue reading Student press freedom supporters testified in support of Maryland New Voices bill
Video from the Committee on Judiciary hearing on March 22, where state senators voted 5-0 on Senate Bill 848.
Cristin Langworthy, a lobbyist and women's rights activist, talks about her experience with censorship and reasons for supporting New Voices legislation. She was interviewed in 2016 by Student Press Law Center Outreach Intern Kelcey Caulder.
A Michigan Senate committee unanimously passed New Voices legislation that would protect student journalists’ free speech rights in the Great Lakes State. Before voting 5-0 on Senate Bill 848 on Tuesday, state senators on the Committee on Judiciary heard testimony in support of New Voices legislation that would protect student journalists’ right to free speech and of… Continue reading Michigan student press freedom bill clears committee vote, heads to Senate floor