New Voices in Pennsylvania (2020)

Current Status: SB806 was referred to the Senate Education committee on August 7, 2019.

Pennsylvania administrative code bars censorship of student media “simply because it is critical of the school or its administration,” but this provision has not proven strong enough to stop all undue censorship of student journalists. In addition, the administrative code continues to allow for prior review of student media and fails to protect student media advisers from retaliation when they support their student journalists’ press freedom. A strong state law is the best way to protect student journalists and their advisers, and support a robust and free student press.

New Voices legislation was introduced in Pennsylvania for the first time during the 2019-2020 legislative session. Sponsored by Senator Andy Dinniman, SB806 was referred to the Education committee. A hearing has not yet been scheduled.

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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.
  • Learn more about New Voices legislation by reading our FAQs. Other resources are available here.
  • Check out New Voices of Pennsylvania’s website and fill out the survey to help demonstrate the extent of censorship in Pennsylvania.
  • 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 Pennsylvania on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • Enlist all your friends in Pennsylvania to raise their voices in support of this measure.
  • If you are a student or adviser who was censored, intimidated or retaliated against, contact SPLC’s legal hotline.

Why Pennsylvania needs New Voices

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

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