Printer FriendlySB 119 ensure freedom of media coverage of high school activities.
ENTITLED, An Act to ensure freedom of media coverage of high school activities.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
Section 1. Terms used in this Act mean:
(1) "Journalism," the gathering, preparing, collecting, photographing, recording, streaming,
broadcasting, writing, editing, reporting, or publishing of news or information that
concerns matters of public interest for dissemination to the public, including on the
(2) "News media," personnel of a newspaper or other periodical issued at regular intervals,
a news service, a radio station, a television station, or a television network, regardless of
whether the news media is in print, electronic, or digital format;
(3) "School district," the same meaning as in § 13-5-1;
(4) "School board," the same meaning as in § 13-8-1.
Section 2. No school district or school board may interfere with the right of news media to attend
and engage in journalism concerning any interscholastic high school activity or event. The school
district or school board shall prevent any school under its authority from interfering with the right
of news media to engage in journalism at any such activity or event.
Section 3. Each school district and school board may adopt rules governing reasonable
accommodations for news media to conduct journalism at all interscholastic high school activities
and events. The rules on reasonable accommodations shall allow news media all necessary access
to conduct journalism at such events, subject to reasonable limitations for public safety, available
space, and the right of the general public to attend such events.
An Act to ensure freedom of media coverage of high school activities.
I certify that the attached Act
originated in the
SENATE as Bill No. 119
Secretary of the Senate
President of the Senate
Secretary of the Senate
Speaker of the House
Senate Bill No. 119
File No. ____
Chapter No. ______
Received at this Executive Office
this _____ day of _____________ ,
20____ at ____________ M.
for the Governor
The attached Act is hereby
approved this ________ day of
______________ , A.D., 20___
STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA,
Office of the Secretary of State
Filed ____________ , 20___
at _________ o'clock __ M.
Secretary of State
Asst. Secretary of State