This spring, the ACLU testified in support of important legislation which would recognize the importance of encouraging student journalism and guaranteeing to students certain basic rights to freedom of the press.
This bill would reverse an unfortunate U.S. Supreme Court decision that had a chilling effect on student journalism throughout the country. Under this bill, a free and responsible student press would be able to flourish in Rhode Island, as it has in 12 other states that have adopted similar laws.
On the last day of the General Assembly session, both the House and the Senate passed this legislation. Governor Raimondo signed it into law during the month of July.