senate Bill S1594

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to the enactment of the student journalist free speech act

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Current Bill Status - Stricken


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 22, 2019 recommit, enacting clause stricken
Jan 15, 2019 referred to education

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S1594 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 18 §§860 - 864, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2017-2018 Legislative Session:
S7721

S1594 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts the student journalist free speech act to protect student speech at educational institutions unless such speech is libelous, an invasion of privacy, or incites students to commit an unlawful act, violate school policies, or to materially and substantially disrupt the orderly operation of the school.

S1594 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S1594 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1594

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 15, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. O'MARA, HOYLMAN -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to enacting  the  student
  journalist free speech act

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new article 18  to
read as follows:
                               ARTICLE 18
                   STUDENT JOURNALIST FREE SPEECH ACT
SECTION 860. SHORT TITLE.
        861. DEFINITIONS.
        862. STUDENT JOURNALIST FREE SPEECH RIGHTS.
        863. EXEMPTIONS.
        864. LIABILITY.
  §  860.  SHORT  TITLE. THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE KNOWN AND MAY BE CITED AS
THE "STUDENT JOURNALIST FREE SPEECH ACT".
  § 861. DEFINITIONS. FOR THE PURPOSES OF  THIS  ARTICLE  THE  FOLLOWING
TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
  1. "EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION" MEANS A PUBLIC, PRIVATE OR CHARTER MIDDLE
OR HIGH SCHOOL.
  2. "SCHOOL-SPONSORED MEDIA" MEANS ANY MATERIAL THAT IS PREPARED, WRIT-
TEN,  PUBLISHED,  OR BROADCAST BY A STUDENT JOURNALIST AT AN EDUCATIONAL
INSTITUTION, DISTRIBUTED OR GENERALLY MADE AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS  OF  THE
STUDENT  BODY, AND PREPARED UNDER THE DIRECTION OF A STUDENT MEDIA ADVI-
SOR. "SCHOOL-SPONSORED MEDIA"  SHALL  NOT  INCLUDE  MEDIA  INTENDED  FOR
DISTRIBUTION  OR TRANSMISSION SOLELY IN THE CLASSROOM IN WHICH THE MEDIA
IS PRODUCED.
  3. "STUDENT JOURNALIST" MEANS A STUDENT  ENROLLED  IN  AN  EDUCATIONAL
INSTITUTION  WHO GATHERS, COMPILES, WRITES, EDITS, PHOTOGRAPHS, RECORDS,
OR PREPARES INFORMATION FOR DISSEMINATION IN SCHOOL-SPONSORED MEDIA.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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