If passed, SB 896 would have the following adverse effect on the protections of Texas citizens’ free speech rights:
ACLU of Texas
Americans for Prosperity-Texas
Better Business Bureau serving Texas
Center for Biological Diversity
Committee to Protect Journalists
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Electronic Frontier Foundation
First Amendment Coalition
Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE)
Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas
Freedom of the Press Foundation
Institute for Free Speech
Institute for Justice
International Association of Better Business Bureaus
International Documentary Assn.
Inter American Press Association
League of Women Voters
Media Law Resource Center
Motion Picture Association, Inc.
National Coalition Against Censorship
National Freedom of Information Coalition
National Newspaper Association
National Press Club Journalism Institute
National Press Photographers Association
National Right to Life
National Taxpayers Union
News Media Alliance
Public Participation Project
Radio Television Digital News Association
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Society of Professional Journalists
Student Press Law Center
Texas Association of Broadcasters
Texas Press Association
The Authors Guild
The Center for Investigative Reporting, d/b/a Reveal
The Media Institute
The National Press Club
The News Leaders Association
True Texas Project
American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., d/b/a ABC News
Atlantic Monthly Group LLC
Axios Media Inc.
BuzzFeed, Inc. d/b/a HuffPost and BuzzFeed News
Cable News Network, Inc.
Cox Media Group
Dallas Morning News, Inc.
Dow Jones & Company, Inc., the publisher of The Wall Street Journal and Barron’s
El Paso Matters
Forbes Media LLC
Fox Television Stations, LLC d/b/a KDFW Fox 4 Dallas; KRIV Fox 26 Houston; KTBC Fox 7 Austin
Gannett Co., Inc., the publisher of USA TODAY, Abilene Reporter-News, Amarillo Globe News, Austin American Statesman, Corpus Christi Caller-Times, El Paso Times, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, San Angelo Standard-Times, Times Record News, Wichita Falls
Graham Media Group, Houston, Inc. d/b/a KPRC-TV
Graham Media Group, San Antonio, Inc. d/b/a KSAT-TV
Gray Media Group, Inc. d/b/a KBTX, Bryan; KFDA, Amarillo; KLTV/KTRE, Tyler- Lufkin; KOSA, Midland; KSWO, Lawton (Oklahoma) -Wichita Falls; KWTX, Waco; KXII, Sherman
Hartman Newspapers d/b/a Brenham Banner-Press, Fort Bend Herald, El Campo Leader-News, Wharton Journal-Spectator, East Bernard Express, Alvin Sun-Advertiser, Rockport Pilot, Kaufman Herald
KTRK Television, Inc.
Laredo Morning Times
Las Vegas Review Journal
NBCUniversal Media, LLC
New York Times Company
Nexstar d/b/a KXAN-TV, KWKT-TV, KFDX-TV, KETK-TV, KDAF, KTAL-TV, KVEO-TV, KTSM-TV, KMID, KAMR-TV, KLBK-TV, KLST, KTAB-TV, KPEJ-TV, KRBC-TV, KFXK-TV, KSAN-TV, KGBT-TV, KYLE-TV, KTPN-LD, KBVO-CD, KSHV-TV, KNVA, KCIT, KJTL, KJBO-LD, KAMC, KTVX, WKRN-TV, WVLA-TV, KMSS-TV, KCPN-LD
Penguin Random House LLC
Pro Publica, Inc.
San Antonio Express-News
Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. d/b/a KTXS, Abilene; KVII, Amarillo; KEYE, Austin; KFDM/KBTV, Beaumont; KSCC, Corpus Christi; KFOX/KDBC, El Paso; WOAI/KABB, San Antonio
The Washington Post
The Texas Supreme Court has described the TCPA as having a “unique role in protecting the democratic process that allows our state to function.” We need to preserve the integrity of this law and make any revisions to it in a thoughtful manner. SB 896 is not that approach but rather simply guts the law.
The heart and soul of this statute must be preserved. The Texas Legislature shouldn’t allow this effective and equitable law to be eviscerated and the citizens of Texas to be deprived of its free speech protections.