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Student press freedom

April 19, 2006

Assembly Speaker pro Tem Leland Y. Yee (D-San Francisco) held a press conference on his AB 2581, “the Hosty bill,” today at Skyline College in San Bruno.

AB 2581 would prohibit the censorship of student newspapers at a California college, university or community college. I’m excited that a reporter for the Whittier Daily News decided to cover the story down here. She sent a photographer over to get photos to go with her story. Good exposure for our program.

The need for the bill arose from a seventh circuit court decision that ruled that the First Amendment was not violated when a college administrator required prior review of a student newspaper. The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to hear the appeal. Yee’s bill would make it clear that in California students have press freedom. Let’s hope it makes its way through the legislative process.

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