Senate passes journalist shield law

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A long-debated journalistic shield law for Texas is closer to enactment.

The Texas Senate on Tuesday unanimously voted to pass a bill that would give reporters limited protections from revealing confidential sources, notes and tapes in court. The House has already approved the measure. It will go to the governor after the House signs off on some minor changes.

This is the third consecutive session some version of the so-called Free Flow of Information Act has been proposed.

Journalists and district attorneys reached a compromise on the bill this session after bitter division in previous years. Journalists say the protections will encourage whistleblowers to come forward. District attorneys had said previous proposals would hurt their ability to gather evidence.

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