Colorado Rights Blog

SB14-034: Strengthen Press Shield Law

Freedom of Expression & Religion
Bill Number: SB14-034
Year: 2014
ACLU Position: Oppose
Sponsors: Herpin


Current law requires a party seeking to enforce a subpoena against a newsperson to establish 3 elements by a preponderance of the evidence.

The bill changes the standard to clear and convincing evidence and requires the party to show the following 4 elements:
• The information was not obtained in confidence;
• The information is highly material and relevant;
• The information is critical to a material issue; and
• The information is not obtainable from another source.

Current Status:

01/27/2014 - Senate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
01/15/2014 - Senate Committee on Judiciary Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
01/08/2014 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary

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