After months of advocacy from a coalition of groups in Texas and nationally, including the News/Media Alliance, the Texas legislative session ended on May 29 without the passage of SB 896. That bill, along with its House counterpart, HB 2781, would have significantly weakened Texas’ anti-SLAPP protections. The next regular session in Texas is scheduled for January 14, 2025. The Alliance will continue to advocate against these types of bills which threaten anti-SLAPP protections for journalists and news publishers.
Charlotte McBirney is Senior Counsel and Director, Public Policy for the News/Media Alliance.