Student journalists, advisers and free press advocates testified in Olympia in 2017 on a bill sponsored by Sen. Joe Fain to protect free speech for student journalists. In February and March 2018, that bill cleared both houses of the Washington legislature.
The bill was delivered to Gov. Jay Inslee on March 9. He has 20 days to take action on it from the date it is received and provide 24 hours notice before signing it.