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.
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First Amendment news from the web
- The Daily Beast column: Why I sued my state over free speech
- New York Times: Remembering Al Bendich, defender of ‘Howl’ and Lenny Bruce’s comedy
- TechDirt: Alabama Legislators Say You Must Be A Salaried Employee Of Old School Media To Get Approved For Press Credentials
Second lawsuit filed challenging Pennsylvania prior restraint law
On January 8, 2015, a second lawsuit was filed challenging Pennsylvania S.B. 508, a law that would allow a victim to bring civil action against an offender for conduct, including speech, that perpetuates the “continuing effect of the crime” on the victim. The ACLU of Pennsylvania filed the lawsuit on behalf of plaintiffs that include news organizations and journalists.
We submitted a memo in opposition to the bill when it was being considered in the Pennsylvania legislature and a letter to Governor Tom Corbett urging him to veto it, because it is an unconstitutional prior restraint on speech and a content-based restriction. A first lawsuit was filed in November challenging the law by the Abolitionist Law Center.
End-of-the-year recap: List of legislation we tracked in 2014
During the 2014 legislative session, we tracked 109 bills and submitted legal memos to 20 of these bills. We compiled a list of bills we tracked in each state, each including the status of the bill and our summary that clarifies the bill’s language and highlights the potential issues of concern to our members.See the list »
Press release: Prosecutors will not enforce Arizona law
U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton entered an order on November 26, 2014 that stayed enforcement of the Arizona anti-nudity law and put the litigation proceedings on hold. The order was issued at the joint request of the Arizona attorney general and the coalition of booksellers, book and newspaper publishers, librarians and photographers challenging the law.Read the press release »
Texas H.B. 101: Nonconsensual distribution of images bill pre-filed in Texas House
On November 11, 2014, Texas House Bill 101 was pre-filed for the 2015 legislative session. The bill bars the dissemination of nude images without the consent of the person depicted. There is no exception for newsworthy images.See the bill »
U.S. Senate Bill 2536: Free speech groups send letter to U.S. senators
On November 12, 2014, nine organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Senate expressing opposition to Senate Bill 2536, the Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation (SAVE) Act, citing free speech concerns. The bill would impose restrictions and liability on publishers and website operators running advertisements that may include those for commercial sex acts. The letter was in response to one sent by 53 Attorneys General to the Senate Judiciary Committee, urging passage of the bill.Read the letter »
New Jersey Assembly Bill 3148: Committee holds hearing on bill
On October 23, 2014, the New Jersey Assembly Committee on Consumer Affairs held a hearing on A.B. 3148. The bill would bar any advertisements of goods that are illegal for minors — including those under the state’s “obscene for minors” law — if the website is directed to minors or if the website owner has actual knowledge that a minor is using the website. New Jersey’s “obscene for minors” law does not follow the Miller/Ginsberg standard.See the bill »
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