New Voices of Hawaii (2020)

Current Status: HB 1529 has been unanimously recommended by both the House committee on Lower and Higher Education and the House Judiciary committee. It must be considered by the Finance committee before it can be voted on by the entire House. SB 2608 has been referred to the committees on Education, Higher Education and Judiciary.

2020: 2019 brought New Voices legislation to Hawaii for the first time since the 1980s. Sponsored by Representative Takashi Ohno, HB 1529 has more than two dozen cosponsors, and carried over for consideration in 2020. In 2020, Senator Les Ihara, Jr. introduced SB 2608.

The Hawaii legislature refers legislation to multiple committees for their consideration. Thus far, HB 1529 has been approved by both the House committee on Lower and Higher Education, and the House Judiciary committee. It must be considered by the Finance committee before it can be considered by the full House. The Senate committees have not yet heard SB 2608; because this is the first year the legislation is before the Senate, this is not unexpected.

The Hawaii legislature allows for written testimony to be submitted online in advance of the hearing. Register to do so here. For more on New Voices Hawaii, visit the Hawaii Scholastic Journalism Association.

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  • Contact your state legislators to let them know why this bill is important to you. Find out who your legislators are here. Not sure what to say? Check out our phone script and letter-writing tips here.
  • Submit your testimony directly to the legislature here.
  • Refine your thoughts with talking points, a printable flyer and other resources here.
  • Get looped in with volunteer coordinators to let them know about your efforts and learn about other ways to get involved:
  • Like and follow New Voices of Hawaii on Facebook.
  • Enlist all your friends in Hawaii to raise their voices in support of this measure, which ensures the basic First Amendment rights of student journalists and protects their advisers from retaliation.
  • If you are a student or adviser who was censored, intimidated or retaliated against, contact SPLC’s legal hotline.

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You can see the list of national endorsers at the bottom of this page.

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