Members file amicus brief in legal challenge to Pa. prior restraint law
On February 17, American Booksellers for Free Expression and the Freedom to Read Foundation filed an amicus brief in Prison Legal News v. Kane, a federal challenge to a Pennsylvania law that allows a cause of action to stop speech by a convicted offender if it perpetuates “mental anguish” of a crime victim. The law could stop the distribution of several important cultural materials.
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Arizona convenes new legislative session, may amend nonconsensual distribution law
On January 12, 2015, the Arizona legislature convenes its 2015 session, and it may amend the nonconsensual distribution law we are challenging Antigone Books v. Horne. Last November, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton entered a stipulated order staying the enforcement of the law and the lawsuit’s proceedings, to allow the legislature an opportunity to address the constitutional issues with the law.
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Legislative Tracker 2015
Media Coalition tracks hundreds of legislation in Congress and all 50 states that may have First Amendment implications every year.
The Legislative Tracker includes up-to-the-minute updates of state and federal legislation, as well as Media Coalition’s summary of the legislation.
Bills we are currently tracking »
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Texas H.B. 101 and H.B. 603: Criminalizing nonconsensual distribution
The Texas House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence held House Bills 101 and 603, after a hearing on March 12, 2015. The bills would criminalize the distribution of nude images without consent of the person depicted.
Media Coalition submitted a memo explaining that the bills are likely unconstitutional. The two bills are very similar to an Arizona law that Media Coalition is currently challenging in Antigone Books v. Horne.
Maryland H.B. 744: Bill meddles with editorial decisions of publishers
On March 4, 2015, the Maryland House Committee on Economic Matters held a hearing on House Bill 744. The Committee took no action on the bill. The bill would require any website to remove an arrest photo within 30 days of a request if the offense can be expunged under Maryland law.
Media Coalition submitted a legal memo explaining that the First Amendment forbids governments from dictating what media organizations can and cannot publish.
Alabama H.B. 8: Arrest photo removal bill likely unconstitutional
On March 3, 2015, Alabama House Bill 8 was referred to the House Committee on Judiciary. The bill would require online publishers to remove an arrest photo upon request under certain circumstances. Failure to do so would be considered a deceptive trade practice.
Media Coalition submitted a legal memo on February 26, 2015, explaining why the bill is likely unconstitutional.
Recent Legislation Updates
March 26, 2015: Hearing scheduled for the bill in the House Select Committee on Emerging Issues in Texas Law Enforcement.
The bill would criminalize taking an image or a video of a police officer performing their duties if done within 25 feet of the police officer.
March 25, 2015: Hearing scheduled for the bill in the Senate Committee on Rules.
The bill would amend the law we are challenging in Antigone Books v. Horne.
March 25, 2015: The Arkansas legislature passed the bill and sent it to Governor Hutchinson for approval.
The bill would create a right of publicity in a person’s name, image, voice, signature or likeness.
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