No Vote On Shield Law In Senate Judiciary Committee; RTDNA 'Disappointed'
November 19, 2009 at 1:03 PM (PT)
The RTDNA says that it is "disappointed" that the SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE did not bring a federal shield law bill to a vote again on THURSDAY. The panel's Chairman, Sen. PARTICK LEAHY (D-VT), called the session to recess without a vote on the bill when Republican opposition mounted with a series of amendments to weaken the source protections in the law.
"The continued attempts to give the government the ability to override the shield law would make it a paper shield at best," said RTDNA Chairman STACEY WOELFEL. "While I'm disappointed the committee did not vote to pass the bill today, my hope is that senators can regroup to bring a stronger version of the bill back for consideration as soon as possible."