Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has until Wednesday to sign a bill guaranteeing freedom of the press for California’s public college newspapers. The legislation — the first of its kind in the nation — was written by Assemblyman Leland Yee (pictured right), who hosted a news conference at San Francisco State University on Friday to draw attention to the bill, according to the San Francisco Daily. Yee’s bill grew out of a federal court ruling which the Supreme Court allowed to stand. It permits college administrators to censor student newspapers, said Tom Newton (left), general counsel for the California Newspaper Publishers Association. And a University of California counsel wrote an unsettling memo supporting the decision, he said. “She said essentially that the administration may have been wrong in their assumption that the full panoply of First Amendment rights extend to the public college student press,” Newton said. (Photo by Richard Cole of the San Francisco Daily.)

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