On April 20, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear signed the recently passed HB 222 into law. HB 222 is an anti-SLAPP law based on the Uniform Law Commission’s model anti-SLAPP law—the Uniform Public Expression Protection Act (UPEPA)—and includes strong procedural safeguards for news publishers and citizens. The Alliance applauds the Kentucky legislature and Governor for protecting news publishers and private citizens from predatory lawsuits that seek to punish First Amendment activity. UPEPA brings the necessary accountability and consistency to anti-SLAPP laws. The Alliance continues to support UPEPA and robust anti-SLAPP laws. Read more.
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