Shield Law

Shield bill passed by state senate, goes to governor for signature

Cristina Abello | Reporter's Privilege | Quicklink | April 20, 2010
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April 20, 2010

Wisconsin's state senate today passed, by a voice vote, shield legislation that would protect confidential sources and newsgathering materials, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

The bill will now go to Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle for his signature.

Kansas governor signs new shield law

Cristina Abello | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | April 15, 2010
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April 15, 2010

Kansas became the 38th state to pass a state shield law for reporters today when Gov. Mark Parkinson signed the pending legislation, The Associated Press reported.

The law will take effect upon publication in the Kansas Statute Book.

Kansas shield bill awaits governor's signature

Cristina Abello | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | March 31, 2010
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March 31, 2010

The Kansas Legislature passed a state shield law for reporters on Tuesday night that will now go to Gov. Mark Parkinson for his signature.

Both chambers of the Legislature approved the measure to provide Kansas reporters with a qualified reporter's privilege by an overwhelming margin -- the Senate voted 39-1 and the House 116-3.

Kansas Senate approves state shield bill

Cristina Abello | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | March 24, 2010
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March 24, 2010

The Kansas Senate has voted in favor of a state shield law that protects journalists from the forced disclosure of private newsgathering materials, The Associated Press reported.

The bill will now go to the state House for consideration. If enacted, it would protect confidential sources and unpublished notes.

Kansas senate committee approves reporter shield legislation

Cristina Abello | Reporter's Privilege | Quicklink | March 18, 2010
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March 18, 2010

The Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee today agreed to send shield legislation to the state Senate floor for consideration.

The bill, SB 211, would protect journalists from having to disclose confidential sources or unpublished notes. It was originally written by state Sen. Derek Schmidt and had bipartisan sponsorship. Main features of the legislation include a test for compelling disclosure of privileged information.

Media organizations support Innocence Project's motion to quash

Cristina Abello | Reporter's Privilege | Quicklink | January 11, 2010
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January 11, 2010

Media organizations today urged an Illinois judge to block a criminal prosecutor’s subpoena for the notes and records from students in Medill's Innocence Project at Northwestern University.

Federal shield bill passes Senate judiciary committee

Cristina Abello | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | December 10, 2009
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December 10, 2009

The Senate Judiciary Committee today voted to present the federal media shield bill to the full Senate, a new milestone this year for legislation that has been tabled, debated and amended for months in the committee.

Federal shield legislation delayed by amendment process

Cristina Abello | Reporter's Privilege | Quicklink | December 3, 2009
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December 3, 2009

Senate Judiciary Committee members agreed today to decide on a timeframe for considering any final amendments to the proposed federal media shield law, possibly setting time limits on discussion of the amendments.

Judiciary Committee rejects shield bill amendments

Cristina Abello | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | November 19, 2009
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November 19, 2009

The Senate Judiciary Committee today voted down two proposed amendments to federal shield legislation and indicated that a committee or Senate vote may occur in the near future -- even if Republican opposition prompts sponsors to bypass the committee entirely.

Obama administration publicly endorses shield bill

Cristina Abello | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | November 5, 2009
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November 5, 2009

The Obama administration today released a letter that supports revised legislation pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee that broadly defines the definition of a journalist in a proposed federal shield law.