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HB 441 - Establishes Protections for Student Journalists - Missouri Key Vote

Travis Fitzwater voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (148-6) - (Key vote)
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Title: Establishes Protections for Student Journalists

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that establishes first amendment protections for student journalists at public high schools and universities.

  • Prohibits the suppression of material in school-sponsored media in public high schools and universities  on the basis that the material is sensitive or political in nature (Sec. A).
  • Specifies that material in school-sponsored media may be suppressed if it is libelous, violates privacy, violates state or federal law, or incites students such that a clear and present danger of unlawful activity exists (Sec. A).
  • Requires school districts to develop a written policy protecting freedom of the press (Sec. A).
  • Specifies that no material created or published by student journalists shall be considered to present the opinion of any school district (Sec. A).
  • Specifies that student journalists who have reached the age of majority can be held liable in court for material presented in school sponsored media (Sec. A).
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Establishes Protections for Student Journalists


  • Kevin Corlew (MO - R) (Out Of Office)


  • Brandon Ellington (MO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Clem Smith (MO - D) (Out Of Office)
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