Among the highlights:
"Student journalism is an arena where young people can and should learn the value of bold public discourse. Unfortunately, many administrators get nervous when that happens in their buildings. Too often they restrain expression rather than nourish it. Which is why SHB 1307 is needed. ...
"It's hardly a radical concept, and it's already recognized in general under several sections of the body of regulations known as the Washington Administrative Law. Securing the concept in statute is the next step for Washington state to reinforce a First Amendment truth: Freedom of expression means little if it can be used only when authorities approve."
For the record, professional media with staff editorials supporting the bill now include the Spokesman-Review, The USA Today, The (Tacoma) News Tribune and The (Everett) Herald. Additionally, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Associate Publisher supported the bill by testifying at the House Judiciary Committee and writing a column.