Current Status: S 1860 was introduced in January 2022 by Senator Tina Scott Polsky, and referred to the committees on Education, Judiciary and Rules.
In January 2022, Senator Tina Scott Polsky introduced S 1860. The legislation prohibits the censorship of high school and college media except in very specific circumstances, protects from retaliation advisers who refuse to infringe on their students’ free press rights, and requires school districts to have a written student free expression policy.
Advocates are continuing work to find a House sponsor for the legislation and to elevate the understanding among legislators of why this bill is so important to student media. Student and adviser voices will be critical to this effort in the weeks and months to come.
- Connect with New Voices Florida on Twitter or Facebook, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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, and download and mail our printable postcards.
- Refine your thoughts with talking points and FAQs.
- Enlist your friends in Florida to raise their voices in support of New Voices. Share our printable flyer, or talk about New Voices on social media.
- If you are a student or adviser who was censored, intimidated or retaliated against, contact SPLC’s legal hotline.
Why Florida needs New Voices
- Florida high school won’t have to cover yearbook photos of ‘Don’t Say Gay’ student walkout (May 10, 2022) WTSP 10 Tampa Bay
- West Broward high school yearbook distribution resumes after weekend suspension (June 9, 2021) CBS Miami
You can see the list of national endorsers at the bottom of this page.