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Groups challenge Massachusetts 'harmful to minors' Internet speech law

(07/17/10 7:01am)

A coalition of free speech groups, publishers and booksellers filed suit July 13 against the State of Massachusetts to block enforcement of a law that would fine and/or imprison for up to ten years anyone who operates a Web site or transmits through e-mail, instant message, text message and other forms of online communication nudity or sexually related material deemed harmful to minors. Massachusetts’ attempt to craft such a law is the latest in a long line of efforts by  states and the federal government to punish those who post “harmful” material online.

W. Va. passes reporters' shield bill that includes student journalists

(03/14/11 1:17pm)

Legislators in West Virginia on Saturday unanimously approved a bill to protect journalists' confidential sources -- a bill that now includes student reporters. A floor amendment in the state senate added student journalists at "accredited educational institutions" to the definition of "reporter" in the legislation.

Rhode Island's no-Facebook-in-school ban is redundant and confusing

(06/24/11 10:55am)

Rhode Island’s legislature is poised to put the state atop a list that none should aspire to lead: Most backward in incorporating technology into teaching. In a well-motivated quest to respond to uncivil bullying speech, the Senate gave final passage Thursday to an anti-bullying measure that includes a blanket prohibition on the use of social networking sites on school grounds during school hours. Unless vetoed by Gov.

Indiana's HB 1169 goes to conference committee for more tinkering

(03/02/12 8:16pm)

The latest update in Indiana House Bill 1169’s journey through the legislature is starting to make neurosurgery look easy. Tory Flynn, an Indiana Republican caucus spokeswoman, said the House dissented Thursday to a recent Senate amendment. The bill will go to a conference committee made up of both Senators and House members to hash out the kinks. House Bill 1169 began as a bill to give school administrators authority to punish students for off-campus speech — whether lawful or unlawful.