TOPEKA – The Senate late Tuesday passed a bill that protects journalists from being forced to turn over unpublished notes, video or photographs.
House Bill 2585 passed the Senate 39-1 and the measure now goes to the House for a vote, which will likely happen tonight.
Under the proposal a journalist would have to disclosed unpublished information or anonymous sources unless:
The material was relevant to the proceeding
The information would not be available through reasonable alternative means and
The disclosure is of compelling interest.