For third time, New Voices bill gets a hearing in Nebraska

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NEBRASKA — A bill protecting the First Amendment rights of Nebraska students and their advisers got its third hearing since 2016 in the state legislature on Feb. 1. Legislative Bill 206, the Nebraska version of the nationwide effort to pass “New Voices” bills in state legislatures, effectively counteracts and clarifies the limits of the 1988… Continue reading For third time, New Voices bill gets a hearing in Nebraska

‘Husker Do! Live from Lincoln Senate, students take center stage

Michael Kennedy of the Nebraska Collegiate Media Association is interviewed by high-school journalists in advance of his Senate Judiciary Committee testimony.

As a high-school student in Sioux Falls, S.D., Adam Morfeld was threatened with expulsion for distributing a homemade "underground" newspaper. Funny thing about those high-school troublemakers: Sometimes they have long memories. In 2018, state senator Adam Morfeld sat before the Nebraska Senate Judiciary Committee to explain why he's proposing a law (LB 886) to protect… Continue reading ‘Husker Do! Live from Lincoln Senate, students take center stage

Nebraska Senate Judiciary Committee hears testimony on student free press legislation

A committee of state senators heard testimony from student journalists and free press advocates on Thursday regarding a bill that would ensure college journalists in Nebraska have the same First Amendment protection as their professional counterparts. The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the New Voices of Nebraska bill, which was introduced in January by Republican… Continue reading Nebraska Senate Judiciary Committee hears testimony on student free press legislation