House approves reporter shield bill
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The House approved a bill that protects journalists who refuse to disclose information or sources.
The bill would specifically prevent reporters from being held in contempt for not revealing certain details or information.
Gov. Kristi Noem pushed for legislation on the matter in her State of the State address, calling it a commonsense move.
“Fact-based reporting must be valued and encouraged in order to uphold the integrity of government entities,” she said. “To that end, I want to see a commonsense reporter shield law, protecting the constitutional right to a free and independent press. I want that bill on my desk before the end of session.”
The final vote was 47-20. The bill will now go to the Senate.