New Voices in Nebraska (2019)

Legislative Bill 206 was introduced Nebraska on Jan. 11 2019. The primary sponsor in 2019 is Sen. Adam Morfield (District 46). Nebraska’s legislature is unique among all state legislatures in the U.S. because it has a single-house “unicameral” system.

LB 206 was up for hearing before the Judiciary Committee on Friday, Feb. 1 and 19 advocates testified in favor, two opposed, and other organizations expressing their opposition via letters.

SPLC’s coverage: For third time, New Voices bill gets a hearing in Nebraska.  Scroll down to “Recent news” for other stories.

The bill

You can find a PDF of the bill here.

Get involved

  • You can make a difference by contacting your state representatives to let them know why you support LB 206. Find out who your representatives are by entering your address into this interactive map.
  • Distribute this flyer.
  • You can find a list of Judiciary Committee members here. Here are tips on testifying at a legislative committee hearing.
  • Refine your thoughts with talking pointsand other resources here.
  • Do what you’re most comfortable with – a phone call, email, letter, social media post to lawmakers – or all.
  • Get looped in with volunteer coordinators to let them know about your efforts. And, please get in touch if you are or were a student journalist (or adviser) who was the target of censorship, intimidation or retaliation:
  • Like and follow the New Voices of Nebraska Facebook page.
  • Enlist all your friends in Nebraska 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.

Why Nebraska needs New Voices

Endorsements

Nebraska Press Association

Nebraska Broadcasters Association

Nebraska High School Press Association

Nebraska Collegiate Media Association

Nebraska State Education Association

Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska (AFCON)

ACLU of Nebraska

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

Recent News

Editorial: LB 206 shows importance of autonomous student journalism, Wayne Stater, Wayne (Neb.) State College (2-15-2019)

Senator Morfeld brings Student Press Freedom LB206 before Nebraska’s Judiciary Committee, The Thunderbeat, Bellevue West Senior High School (2-7-2019)

Free speech protections proposed for student journalists, advisers, Unicameral Update, (2-1-2019)

Student journalists testify in favor of bill that would give student publications greater freedom, Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald (2-1-2019)

Bill protects student journalists, The Antelope, University of Nebraska-Kearney (1-31-2019)

EDITORIAL: Students deserve equal rights, Scottsbluff (Neb.) Star Herald (1-20-2019)

Students’ right to speak, letter to the editor, Kearney (Neb. ) Hub (7-9-2018)

OPNION: Support student journalism, Doane Online, Doane College, Crete, Neb. (2-21-2018)

Editorial, 2/9: Student journalists deserve more protection, Lincoln (Neb.) Journal-Star (2-9-2018)

Nebraska student journalists take fight for press rights to Legislature, Omaha World-Herald (2-19-2018)

Give freedoms back to student journalists, guest column in the North Platte (Neb.) Telegraph (2-8-2018)S

Background on past efforts

LB886 dies in committee 2018

LB886 hearing overview 2018

Daily Nebraskan story about LB886 introduction

Introduction of 2016 New Voices bill to protect only college students

Hearing overview of 2016 bill