A former journalist turned delegate filed a bill for the upcoming General Assembly session that aims to ensure First Amendment protections for student journalists.
Del. Chris Hurst, D-Blacksburg, introduced HB 36 to protect the rights of student journalists from censorship and student media advisers from punishment. The 12th District delegate first introduced the bill in the 2019 session with co-patron Del. Danica Roem, D-Prince William, but the bill died in a subcommittee vote, 5-3.
Del. Chris Hurst, D-Blacksburg, defeated Republican challenger Forrest Hite on Tuesday to win a second term.
Four candidates are competing in two races in the New River Valley for seats in the House of Delegates.
Del. Chris Hurst, D-Blacksburg, is facing Republican Forrest Hite, and Del. Nick Rush, R-Christiansburg, is challenged by Democrat Rhonda Seltz.
Incumbent lawmakers in Western Virginia running for re-election to the General Assembly hold the fundraising advantage as they head into final stretch of the election season. It doesn’t appear that the Del. Chris Hurst, D-Blacksburg, will have to spend as much money as he did two years ago