New O Voices Maryland n April 26, I stood behind Governor Larry Hogan as he signed the New Voices Maryland Act into law. An effort that had begun nearly a year before had succeeded as Maryland became the ninth state in the country to protect the rights of student journalists to responsibly report on their schools and communities. HOW A STUDENT FREE PRESS BILL PASSED IN MARYLAND AND HOW YOU CAN PASS ONE, TOO By Gary Clites In 1988, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in the case of Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier that Signing. Senate President Mike Miller, Governor Larry Hogan and Speaker of the House Michael Busch signing the bill. Official Photo by Kelcey Caulder school administrators could legally restrict students’ rights under the First Amendment by censoring student publications. Unfortunately, the only real guidance the Court provided regarding when such censorship was appropriate was that the censorship was “reasonably related to legitimate pedagogical concerns.” While that phrase may have been intended to limit administrators’ right to censor, in practice that is not what happened.