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Cronkite New Voices Act Passes MO House Floor
House Bill 441, otherwise known as the Cronkite New Voices Act, which establishes freedom of the press for high school journalists in Missouri has passed the state’s House of Representatives on March 13. The bill was sent to the Senate where it is waiting for its initial hearing. Here at FHN, we are supported by the administration to have freedom of the press in our newspapers, videos, web stories and more. This allows us to write on any subject we want, to have opinion articles, express our own views and not have it censored.
Many schools in Missouri have administrators that police what they produce in their papers, and these administrators have the authority to pull an article if they don’t like it. This bill will eliminate the controversy of freedom of the press for schools. In a local case that was strung up in Hazelwood, the case Hazelwood vs. Kuhlmeier was ruled the students did not have freedom of speech or freedom of the press. If the New Voices Act passes through Senate committee, floor and to Governor Grietens’ desk for his signature, student journalists throughout Missouri will be granted freedom of the press.
Missouri House Committee Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban
Representatives Donna Lichtenegger and Phil Christofanelli have had their “Pain-Capable Unborn Protection Act” pass through the Children and Families committee with a 7-1 final vote. Now what would the act imply? The procedure of abortions will be banned after the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. Many studies imply that this is the point a fetus can feel pain.
The bill would have also created the Missouri Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Litigation Fund, a special fund used to provide funding to pay for any costs and expenses incurred by the Attorney General in relation to legal actions defending the provisions that would be set forth by this bill. But that was not approved in the version that passed committee. The United states is also one of 7 countries that still allows abortions after 20 weeks. With other countries including Canada, China, Netherlands, Singapore, Vietnam and North Korea.
“Missouri should lead the nation in pro-life legislation,” Christofanelli said. “I firmly believe that we must protect all unborn children who have developed the capacity to feel the pain of an abortion.”
As I personally visited Jefferson City and talked to Phil Christofanelli and Bill Eigel, they implied that Missouri could even have a no-abortion law. AS Missouri is represented by primarily Republican legislators, the claim of seeing a no-abortion law is not out of reach. With only 16 other states that have laws banning abortions after 20 weeks, Kentucky being the most recent passing the law in January 2017, Missouri could soon follow behind. Whether the bill will provide exclusions to rape or incest is still up in arms to the public at this point.
Big Bang Theory Spinoff in the Works
CBS has requested a spin off the Big Bang Theory called “Little Sheldon” to be aired in the fall. It will be a half-hour single camera comedy. The show is supposed to feature the life of character Sheldon Cooper, played by actor Jim Parsons, during his nine-year-old life in an East Texas high school. If you’ve seen HBO’s series “Big Little Lies” you’ll soon recognize the main character who’ll be playing the young Sheldon Cooper, Ian Armitage. Jim Parsons will narrate over the series as adult Sheldon. The schedule for the show will be released in May at CBS “Upfronts” presentation in New York City.