State Attorneys General Push Senate on Federal Shield Law

june 26, 2008  08:46 am
A bipartisan coalition of 41 attorneys general urged Senate leadership to quickly pass the measure in a letter (PDF file) that they will deliver July 8 when the Senate returns from its Summer recess, according to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. (Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott wrote separately to endorse the bill.) The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the bill, and the House has already passed the companion bill. Broadcasting & Cable notes that the prospects for a shield law's passage "look brighter" than in the past, due to bipartisan Congressional support and the fact that both presumptive presidential nominees are co-sponsors of the Senate bill.