Kansas Shield Law Bill to Get Vote

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee chairman says he changed his mind and now will have a vote
Wednesday on a proposed shield law for journalists.

Sen. Tim Owens said earlier Tuesday he was shelving the bill because there weren't enough votes to pass it out of committee. But the Overland Park Republican said later he changed his mind after several committee members said they wanted to vote on the bill.

Owens said he expects the vote will be close but that he has no idea about the outcome. He said if the bill is rejected by the committee, it could be reintroduced next year.

The bill would give some protection to journalists against having to reveal information such as confidential sources or their notes, unless ordered by a judge. At least 36 states have shield laws.

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