While administrators at a private university near St. Louis say they killed a student magazine to ensure a digital focus, editors say it is retaliation for recent controversial articles.
The Missouri Senate killed House Bill 1940, also known as the Cronkite New Voices Act, by not voting on it before the legislative session ended on May 18.
After a unanimous 7-0 vote, Missouri’s New Voices bill passed successfully April 10 through the Senate Education Committee and should head to a full Senate vote next.
The Walter Cronkite New Voices bill easily cleared a milestone Feb. 19, as it passed through the House of Representatives with heavy support, 129-20. The bill will now move to the state’s Senate — where it has stalled the last two years.
In the opening days of the new year, bills were introduced in Indiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey and New York, with holdover bills reactivated in Minnesota and Washington.
After recently graduating from Kearney High School, Joey Slivinski and Thomas Swartz opened their yearbooks to find blank spaces under their portraits. Both submitted witty quotes about their gay identities, only to find that the school scrubbed them from the pages.
Tuesday came with a flurry of activity for states considering New Voices press freedom bills, including Vermont, Rhode Island and Missouri.
Missouri’s Walter Cronkite New Voices Act has successfully passed through the House of Representatives and is halfway home.
Press freedom advocates in Missouri are taking another shot at protecting the state’s student journalists. State Rep. Kevin Corlew, R-Kansas City, introduced a revamped version of the Cronkite New Voices Act on Jan. 5.
The student press freedom legislation, which already passed the state House, now moves on to the Senate floor.