senate Bill S2958

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to the enactment of the student journalist free speech act

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Education Committee


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Jan 05, 2022 referred to education
Jan 26, 2021 referred to education

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S2958 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4402
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 18 §§860 - 864, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2017-2018: S7721
2019-2020: S1594, S2297

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

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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