New Voices in New Jersey (2020)

Current Status: The Senate Education committee recommended S108 for passage. A169 has been introduced in the Assembly.

2020: A169, sponsored by Assemblymen Harold Wirths and Ralph Caputo, and S108, sponsored by Senators Nia Gill and Shirley Turner were introduced on January 14, the first day of the 2020 session.

In 2019, the New Jersey Senate unanimously voted in favor of S1176, sponsored by Senators Nia Gill and Shirley Turner. This last-minute vote came long after the Senate Education committee unanimously voted in June 2019 to support New Voices legislation, thanks to tireless work by the students, advisers and advocates of New Voices New Jersey.

A companion Assembly bill (A238), sponsored by Assemblymen Harold Wirths and Ralph Caputo did not receive a hearing in the Assembly Education committee. The Assembly failed to act on the Senate bill before the end of the legislative year.

New Voices legislation was first introduced in New Jersey in 2015.

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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.
  • Refine your thoughts with talking points, a printable flyer and other resources here.
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  • Enlist all your friends in New Jersey 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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