Reporter shield law ready for governor’s signature

On a vote of 33-1 the reporter shield law was endorsed Wednesday by the S.D. Senate. Having already been approved by the House on a 47-20 vote, it now goes to Gov. Kristi Noem for her signature. Noem called for the passage of a shield law in her State of the State address.

In the Senate, bill sponsor Sen. Lee Schoenbeck, R-Watertown, said the bill would ensure a vibrant fourth estate in South Dakota.

“It functions like a whistleblower law,” Schoenbeck said, adding that it would protect a reporter from revealing the identity of a confidential source.

Sen. Craig Kennedy, D-Yankton, told the Senate that the law will not protect only reporters.

“We’re trying to protect the people who are the whistleblowers,” Kennedy said.


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