Passing student free expression legislation is no easy task - proponents run up against strong opposition and procedural hurdles that can at times seem daunting. Currently, seven states have succeeded in passing laws protecting the free speech rights of student journalists.

One of these states is California, which has successfully enacted comprehensive legal protection for the state's student journalists. At a conference hosted at Kent State University by the Center for Scholastic Journalism, California Sen. Leland Yee and Jim Ewert of the California Newspaper Publishers Association share their experiences with and suggestions for passing student free expression laws.

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