New Voices U.S.

Indiana

Reps. Ed Clere and Ed DeLaney filed HB 1130 on Jan. 5, 2017. The bill protects both K-12 and college students as well as faculty advisers.

The House Education Committee unanimously passed the bill Feb. 16 on a 13-0 vote. At a Feb. 14 hearing, 13 speakers advocating for the student media — including students, teachers, administrators and the head of the Hoosier State Press Association, as well as the SPLC’s Frank LoMonte — testified in support of the measure. The committee made friendly clarifying amendments, protecting schools and colleges against legal liability for students’ speech, as well as adding “gratuitous profanity” as grounds for K-12 schools to remove or revise articles in student media.

The bill has received extensive media coverage from both college and professional outlets:

http://www.newsandtribune.com/news/indiana-lawmakers-want-to-protect-student-journalists/article_6f875b70-d7aa-11e6-b91a-9bd7c7c457fc.html

http://www.indystar.com/story/opinion/columnists/matthew-tully/2017/01/17/tully-fighting-free-press-schools/96662368/

http://www.idsnews.com/article/2017/01/bill-would-protect-student-press-rights

Students lobby for press freedom bill

http://www.newsandtribune.com/news/freedom-of-the-student-press-bill-would-limit-administrator-s/article_dcd20e9e-f3ef-11e6-a105-b79b859ad71c.html

https://www.wfyi.org/news/articles/student-journalists-seek-protection-with-house-bill

The bill has picked up numerous endorsements, including the Valparaiso University Torch.

To get involved in New Voices of Indiana, contact Diana Hadley with the Indiana High School Press Association, DHadley@franklincollege.edu, or Adam Maksl with the Indiana Collegiate Press Association, ammaksl@gmail.com. The campaign is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/newvoicesindiana/.

 

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