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CSSB 966 - Journalist Confidentiality Protection - Key Vote

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Legislation - Placed on Calendar (House) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (27-4) - (Key vote)

Title: Journalist Confidentiality Protection

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits courts from issuing subpoenas to journalists for confidential information.

Highlights:
-Defines reporters as those that compile news information “for a substantial portion of the person’s livelihood or for substantial financial gain” (sec. 1). -Allows the issuance of subpoenas on reporters only if “all reasonable efforts have been exhausted to obtain the information from an alternative source” (sec. 1). -Allows judges to issue subpoenas on journalists to testify on an eyewitness observation of any crime, on information regarding violent crimes or crimes committed against children under the age of 14, and where it is “reasonably necessary” to prevent death or substantial bodily harm (sec. 1).
Note:

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Journalist Confidentiality Protection

Committee Sponsors

Sponsors

  • Robert L. Duncan (TX - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Aaron Pena Jr. (TX - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Corbin Van Arsdale (TX - R) (Out Of Office)

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