May 24, 2016 | 85° | Check Traffic

Top News

Hawaii news coalition: Senate killed shield law

  • State-Capitol-Building-50

A coalition of Hawaii news media is blaming the state Senate for failing to extend a journalism shield law past June.

The House adopted a last-minute amendment that deleted changes both chambers previously negotiated which limited the law’s scope.

Hours later, a divided Senate passed its version without responding to the House changes. The Senate proposal limited protections for all journalists and excluded those who work for digital newspapers and free publications.

An attorney for the Hawaii Shield Law Coalition, a group that includes The Associated Press, said Wednesday the bill is effectively dead.

Sen. Les Ihara supports the existing shield law but says he didn’t have enough votes to change the Senate bill. He says the House killed the bill by introducing an amendment without coordinating with the Senate.

No comments
By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. Because only subscribers are allowed to comment, we have your personal information and are able to contact you. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, email commentfeedback@staradvertiser.com.