Schools should be able to censor student journalists, some Arizona lawmakers argue

Sen. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix, speaks about SB 1384 at an Education Committee meeting at the state capitol on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. Also pictured (left to right): Sens. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, Steve Montenegro, R-Litchfield Park, and Catherine Miranda, D-Phoenix./ Photo by Chris Wood | The State Press

By Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Star

Legislation designed to protect student journalists from censorship hit a roadblock Thursday amid criticism from some lawmakers that they’re not entitled to such protection.

House Majority Leader John Allen, R-Scottsdale, yanked SB 1384 from consideration after more than an hour of debate over its merits. Allen said he was unsure whether there were sufficient votes on the floor for approval.

He said the measure still could be resurrected. But Sen. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix, who crafted the legislation and got it approved unanimously in the Senate, will have to convince some House foes to drop their opposition, he said.

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