2017-18 state legislative season wraps with one state adopting New Voices
Grassroots organizers are processing the lessons learned and beginning to formulate strategies for renewed efforts this fall.
The last three states with pending New Voices legislation for this session, New York, Minnesota and New Jersey, all failed to move the bills out of committee. The 2017-18 legislative session began with bills in eight states, but also faltered in Indiana, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota.
The bright spot is Washington, which signed New Voices into law on March 21, 2018. That brings the tally to 14 states with laws that protect the rights of student journalists.