|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 05, 2022||referred to education|
|Jan 26, 2021||referred to education|
senate Bill S2958
Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Education Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S2958 (ACTIVE) - Details
S2958 (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.
S2958 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S2958 SPONSOR: KAVANAGH TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to enacting the student journalist free speech act PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this legislation is to extend and protect freedom of speech and the press in school-sponsored newspapers by allowing for more autonomy of student journalists over the content of their publications. This bill will expand freedom of speech and the press by giving final editorial control to student journalists at public high schools, while at the same time continuing long standing ethical standards which will encourage responsible journalism. This bill contains oversight protections. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
S2958 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 2958 2021-2022 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E January 26, 2021 ___________ Introduced by Sens. KAVANAGH, BRESLIN, HOYLMAN, JACKSON, MAY, O'MARA, STAVISKY -- 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 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. 4. "STUDENT MEDIA ADVISOR" MEANS AN INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYED, APPOINTED, OR DESIGNATED BY AN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION TO SUPERVISE OR PROVIDE INSTRUCTION RELATING TO SCHOOL-SPONSORED MEDIA.
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