New Jersey New Voices Bill Passes

Sarah Shapiro, Emily Moy, and Olivia Moreno

New Jersey’s New Voices bill passed unanimously on Dec. 21, 2021 in both the NJ State Senate and Assembly. 

Later that day, Gov. Murphy signed the bill into law. 

The law ensures student journalists their first amendment right of free speech, granting protection for them, and clarifying the rules for prior review.

New Jersey is the 15th state that has passed laws that strengthen and protects student journalists’ first amendment rights. 

Many organizations and activists have been fighting to get this law passed. The Garden State Student Press Association (GSSPA), which helps NJ school publication advisers and students, has been advocating for the bill and has been working on passing it since 2015. The Student Press Law Center (SPLC), a nonprofit organization that aims to pass laws throughout the US that protect the rights of student journalists, has been working with the GSSPA to help pass this legislation in New Jersey.