On Saturday, April 9, The New Voices Maryland Act, designed to reasonably protect the First Amendment rights of high school and college students in Maryland, won final passage with amendments in the Maryland State Senate. This was the last hurdle to passing the bill out of the state legislature. The act now goes to Governor Hogan for his signature.
This passage is the culmination of years of effort to get the legislation before the House and Senate, and a solid year of work by dedicated individuals to find sponsors, create the bill, and shepherd it through the statehouse including representatives from the Student Press Law Center, The Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association, and the Maryland-DC Scholastic Press Association.
The bill will:
• Protect the First Amendment Rights of Students to report without fear of censorship on their schools and communities.
• Protect students from retaliation for their work as journalists.
• Protect journalism teachers for retaliation over the journalism their students produce.
• Protects student journalists from prior restraint.
School administrators can still prevent the distribution of material that:
• Is libelous or slanderous
• Constitutes an invasion of privacy
• Violates state or federal law
• Incites students to commit an unlawful act
• Incites students to violate county school board policy
• Incites students to materially disrupt the orderly operation of the school
• Is vulgar, lewd, obscene, harassing, threatening or intimidating.
If you support this bill, consider contacting Governor Hogan using one of these methods
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