Politics Hey, Supermajority Democrats
posted by July 18 at 19:52 PMon
As the 2007 legislative session came to an end in Olympia this Spring, I started doing a series of posts criticizing the giant Democratic majority for not delivering.
My frustration keeps getting compounded when I see what other legislatures around the country are up to. No payday loans in Georgia. Yes Civil Unions in New Hampshire.
Anyway, today takes the cake. During the 2007 session, my favorite bill was Rep. Dave Upthegrove’s student free press bill, which would have protected high school and college newspapers. The bill failed.
Well, look what happened in Oregon on Friday. From Rep. Upthegrove’s blog:
As many of you know, I authored and sponsored legislation this past legislative session to prohibit censorship of high school and college student newspapers. My bill passed the House but died in the Senate. During the debate, I was interviewed by a columnist for The Oregonian— the daily newspaper in our neighboring state to the South. An Oregon legislator, Rep. Larry Galizio, read the newspaper column about my bill— and as a result, introduced similar legislation in Oregon.
Well guess what? The Oregon bill passed! And on Friday, Oregon Governor Ted Kulongowki signed into law the first measure enacted since 1995 that protects the free press rights of high school students.
A national conservative organization praised the new legislation— showing that censorship knows no ideological bounds.
I’m impressed with the great work of Oregon Rep. Galizio and the other Oregon legislators and certainly plan on talking with them soon to discuss “lessons learned” as we gear up to revisit the issue in Washington next legislative session. Our thanks should go to Governor Kulongowski as well for signing the bill. The Student Press Law Center continues to be a great advocate and the J-IDEAS Programat Ball State University continues to provide a valuable public forum for education and discussion.
It’s kinda cool to know that, although we fell short this year in Washington, our leadership sparked a successful effort in Oregon.
That’s one way of looking at it, Dave.