New Voices in Wisconsin

Current Status: The Wisconsin legislature is in session and AB 551 has passed unanimously in the Assembly. Join the movement by emailing New Voices Wisconsin at or the SPLC’s Advocacy and Organizing Team at You can also connect with New Voices Wisconsin on X.

Join the Movement
  • Contact your state legislators to let them know why this legislation 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.
Other Ways to Get Involved
  • Refine your thoughts with talking points, find answers to frequently asked questions, or find other resources here.
  • Locate a copy of your school district’s student media or student expression policy. This toolkit can tell you everything you need to know about your policy and what you can do with it. Some student media policies offer legal protection equal to or even exceeding New Voices protections. If that’s the case, spread the word! (And let SPLC know, too.)
  • Help your colleagues better understand student press freedom by inviting an SPLC expert to join you: SPLC In The Classroom.
  • Spread the word about New Voices. Enlist all your friends in Wisconsin 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.
History of New Voices in Wisconsin
  • 1991: New Voices is first introduced in the Wisconsin legislature, in the form of AB 567 sponsored by Rep. Peter Bock and Rep. David Clarenbach. 
  • 1992: AB 567 passes the entire legislature before it is unexpectedly vetoed by Governor Tommy Thompson.

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

Recent News

Newly circulated bill would strengthen student journalists’ right to free speech The Daily Cardinal (10-19-23)

Stoughton high schooler advocates for student press freedom The Cap Times (10-25-23)

SPLC provides testimony supporting proposed New Voices bill in Wisconsin Student Press Law Center (10-27-23)

Wisconsin Assembly approves New Voices bill Student Press Law Center (11-8-23)