Story and photo by Miriam Raftery
Photo: Assembly Chamber, State Capitol
May 30, 2016 (Sacramento) – California law prohibits the use of video from state Assembly hearings for political campaigns or commercial purposes, although these same videos can be used by news outlets. A candidate who runs Assembly video footage in an ad can be criminally charged—even if the video is of himself speaking on the Assembly floor.
Now a lawsuit has been filed against the state claiming that this law violates First Amendment free speech, Courthouse News reports.