Senate passes protections for journalists

typewriterTOPEKA – The Senate late Tuesday passed a bill that protects journalists from being forced to turn over unpublished notes, video or photographs.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Under the proposal a journalist would have to disclosed unpublished information or anonymous sources unless: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.