Freedom-of-speech on public issues at stake
In a matter that will have sweeping freedom-of-speech ramifications, the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a crucial hearing on Tuesday on a bill that will bar the prosecution of individuals or organizations for making statements on public issues.
The bill will address the merits of so-called SLAPP – Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation – suits. The public hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. today in the 11th floor Conference Center of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St.
Those participating in or providing testimony include Judiciary Committee Chairman State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, R-12th, bill sponsor State Sen. Lawrence Farnese, D-1st, Temple University law professor David Kairys and ACLU of Pennsylvania Legislative Director Andy Hoover, along with a host of representatives of community and civic groups.
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