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 Bill Status of SB0729  95th General Assembly


Short Description:  COLLEGE CAMPUS PRESS ACT

Senate Sponsors
Sen. Susan Garrett - Dale A. Righter - Dan Kotowski and Bill Brady

House Sponsors
(Rep. Naomi D. Jakobsson - Dan Brady - Kevin A. McCarthy - Robert W. Pritchard - Careen M Gordon and Lisa M. Dugan)

Last Action
DateChamber Action
  8/31/2007SenatePublic Act . . . . . . . . . 95-0580

Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
New Act


Synopsis As Introduced
Creates the College Campus Press Act. Provides that all campus media produced primarily by students at a State-sponsored institution of higher learning is a public forum for expression by the student journalists and editors at the particular institution. Provides that campus media, whether campus-sponsored or noncampus-sponsored, is not subject to prior review by public officials of those institutions. Provides that collegiate student editors of campus media are responsible for determining the news, opinions, feature content, and advertising content of campus media. Provides for an exception for teaching professional standards of grammar and journalism. Prohibits a collegiate media adviser from being terminated, transferred, removed, otherwise disciplined, or retaliated against for refusing to suppress protected free expression rights of collegiate student journalists and of collegiate student editors. Allows a collegiate student or collegiate media advisor to commence a civil action to obtain appropriate injunctive and declaratory relief; provides for the awarding of attorney's fees. Distinguishes campus policy. Allows for discipline for unprotected speech. Contains a severability clause. Effective immediately.

House Floor Amendment No. 1
Makes a technical change in the Section concerning a public forum. Provides that expression made by a collegiate student journalist, collegiate student editor, or other contributor in campus media is not speech attributable to a State-sponsored institution of higher learning. Provides that nothing in the new Act prohibits the imposition of discipline for speech that is not constitutionally protected, including obscenity or incitement. Provides that a State-sponsored institution of higher learning shall be immune from any lawsuit arising from expression actually made in campus media, with the exception of the institution's own expression. Removes the immediate effective date.

Actions 
DateChamber Action
  2/8/2007SenateFiled with Secretary by Sen. Susan Garrett
  2/8/2007SenateFirst Reading
  2/8/2007SenateReferred to Rules
  2/21/2007SenateAssigned to Higher Education
  3/2/2007SenatePostponed - Higher Education
  3/2/2007SenateAdded as Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Dale A. Righter
  3/2/2007SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. Bill Brady
  3/8/2007SenateDo Pass Higher Education; 008-000-000
  3/8/2007SenatePlaced on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading March 13, 2007
  3/14/2007SenateSecond Reading
  3/14/2007SenatePlaced on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading March 15, 2007
  3/15/2007SenateAdded as Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Dan Kotowski
  3/15/2007SenateThird Reading - Passed; 057-000-000
  3/15/2007HouseArrived in House
  3/15/2007HousePlaced on Calendar Order of First Reading
  3/15/2007HouseChief House Sponsor Rep. Naomi D. Jakobsson
  3/15/2007HouseFirst Reading
  3/15/2007HouseReferred to Rules Committee
  3/21/2007HouseAdded Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Dan Brady
  4/30/2007HouseAssigned to Higher Education Committee
  5/8/2007HouseAdded Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Kevin A. McCarthy
  5/9/2007HouseAdded Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Robert W. Pritchard
  5/16/2007HouseDo Pass / Short Debate Higher Education Committee; 010-002-000
  5/17/2007HousePlaced on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
  5/17/2007HouseAdded Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Careen M Gordon
  5/17/2007HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Lisa M. Dugan
  5/24/2007HouseSecond Reading - Short Debate
  5/24/2007HousePlaced on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
  5/30/2007HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Naomi D. Jakobsson
  5/30/2007HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 1 Referred to Rules Committee
  5/31/2007HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 1 Recommends Be Adopted Rules Committee; 003-000-000
  5/31/2007HouseRecalled to Second Reading - Short Debate
  5/31/2007HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 1 Adopted by Voice Vote
  5/31/2007HousePlaced on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
  5/31/2007HouseThird Reading - Short Debate - Passed 112-002-000
  5/31/2007SenateSecretary's Desk - Concurrence House Amendment(s) 01
  5/31/2007SenatePlaced on Calendar Order of Concurrence House Amendment(s) 01 - June 1, 2007
  5/31/2007SenateHouse Floor Amendment No. 1 Motion to Concur Filed with Secretary Sen. Susan Garrett
  5/31/2007SenateHouse Floor Amendment No. 1 Motion to Concur Referred to Rules
  6/5/2007SenateHouse Floor Amendment No. 1 Motion to Concur Rules Referred to Higher Education
  6/6/2007SenateHouse Floor Amendment No. 1 Motion To Concur Recommended Do Adopt Higher Education; 007-000-000
  6/6/2007SenateHouse Floor Amendment No. 1 Senate Concurs 053-000-000
  6/6/2007SenatePassed Both Houses
  7/5/2007SenateSent to the Governor
  8/31/2007SenateGovernor Approved
  8/31/2007SenateEffective Date June 1, 2008
  8/31/2007SenatePublic Act . . . . . . . . . 95-0580

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