New Voices U.S.

Arizona

New Voices of Arizona is a movement to guarantee student journalists in the state the freedom to report without fear of consequence. The movement culminated in 2017 in the successful passage of Senate Bill 1384 to limit the censorship authority of colleges and K-12 schools.

Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Yee, who herself experienced censorship as a high school journalist, sponsored the bill. The bill was substantially toughened by amendments added in the Senate Education Committee, where it passed unanimously on Feb. 2.

The bill then passed the Senate 30-0 on Feb. 13, sending it to the House.

The House passed the bill 41-19 on May 8, with minor amendments that the Senate quickly accepted the following day, just ahead of the close of the 2017 session. That sent SB 1384 to Gov. Doug Ducey’s desk.

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