(Senate Bill 128)
An Act to revise certain provisions related to news media coverage of high school activities.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of South Dakota:
Section 1. That § 13-1-57 be AMENDED.
13-1-57. Definitions regarding news media coverage of high school activities.
Terms used in §§ 13-1-58 and 13-1-59 mean:
(1) "Association," any association that meets the requirements of § 13-36-4;
(2) "Journalism," the gathering, preparing, collecting, photographing, recording, streaming, broadcasting, writing, editing, reporting, or publishing of news or information that concerns matters of public interest for dissemination to the public, including on the internet;
contractor," any entity that contracts with a school board,
school district, or association to conduct journalism at any
interscholastic high school activity or event;
(4) "News media," personnel of a newspaper or other periodical issued at regular intervals, a news service, a radio station, a television station, or a television network, regardless of whether the news media is in print, electronic, or digital format;
district," the same meaning as in § 13-5-1; (4)(6) "School
board," the same meaning as in § 13-8-1.
Section 2. That § 13-1-58 be AMENDED.
13-1-58. Interference with news media coverage of high school activities prohibited--Exception.
No school district
association, or media contractor
may interfere with the right of news media to attend and engage in
journalism concerning any interscholastic high school activity or
event. No association
or media contractor may charge a fee for news media to engage in
journalism at any such activity or event.
The school district or school board shall prevent any school under
its authority from interfering with the right of news media to engage
in journalism at any such activity or event.
The provisions of this section do not apply to any state championship
Section 3. That § 13-1-59 be AMENDED.
13-1-59. Promulgation of rules to accommodate news media coverage of high school activities.
board of a school
school board may
reasonable accommodations for news media to conduct journalism at all
interscholastic high school activities and events. The rules
accommodations shall allow news media all necessary access to conduct
journalism at such events,
free of charge,
subject to reasonable limitations for public safety, available space,
and the right of the general public to attend such events.
Signed March 25, 2021
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