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42 State AGs Back Federal Reporter-Source Shield Bill

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Attorneys general from 41 states have signed a letter to Senate leaders supporting a media-source shield bill. The AGs said in the letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell that existing state laws “advance a public policy favoring the free flow of information to the public” by affording “some degree of protection against compelled disclosure of a reporter’s confidential sources.” Texas AG Greg Abbott sent a separate letter. The bill has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. (6/20/08)