SC bill would require journalists to register

South Carolina Capitol (File)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) – A South Carolina representative has filed a bill in the House of Representatives to require journalists working in the state to register with the Secretary of State’s office.

Rep. Mike Pitts filed what he’s calling the South Carolina Responsible Journalism Registry Law on Tuesday. Full text explains what exactly Pitts aims to accomplish with his bill.

A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 85 TO TITLE 40 TO ENACT THE “SOUTH CAROLINA RESPONSIBLE JOURNALISM REGISTRY LAW” SO AS TO ESTABLISH REQUIREMENTS FOR PERSONS BEFORE WORKING AS A JOURNALIST FOR A MEDIA OUTLET AND FOR MEDIA OUTLETS BEFORE HIRING A JOURNALIST; TO REQUIRE THE ESTABLISHMENT AND OPERATION OF A RESPONSIBLE JOURNALISM REGISTRY BY THE SOUTH CAROLINA SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE; TO AUTHORIZE REGISTRY FEES; TO ESTABLISH FINES AND CRIMINAL PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION OF THE CHAPTER; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

The bill still has a long way to go before becoming a law.

So far, the bill has been referred to the Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

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