Laura Prather in the TAB Newsletter: Major Newsgathering Wins in 84th Texas Legislature

June 04, 2015

When lawmakers left Austin on Monday they left behind a pile of unpassed bills and broken dreams, but for newsrooms there were several bright spots in measures that did pass.  Three of these wins can be chocked up to the combined efforts of broadcasters who weighed in with their local lawmakers on these measures and the hard work of TAB’s Newsroom Legislative Committee.

This session’s committee was made of TAB staff and Stacy Allen, Jackson Walker LLP Austin; Alicia Calzada, Haynes Boone LLP Austin; Brian Collister and Joe Ellis, KXAN-TV Austin, Ryan Hazlewood, KVII-TV Amarillo; Bob Morford, KRIV-TV Houston; and Laura Prather, Haynes Boone LLP Austin...

Prather, who crafted the legislation and negotiated many hours with the trial lawyers association to come up with a bill that restores this important newsroom protection, said “the passage of SB 627 codifies 25 years of common law, and with its passage protects the media’s ability to shine a light on significant matters of public concern.”

Excerpted from the Texas Association of Broadcasters Newsletter. To read the full article, click here.

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