Hawaii House counters Senate limits to shield law

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HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii House lawmakers are proposing a new draft of the state shield law as part of ongoing negotiations about whether to extend legislation that protects journalists from having to reveal anonymous sources or give up unpublished notes in court proceedings.

Hawaii state Sen. Clayton Hee has been pushing to revise the law to redefine its scope and curb what he sees as irresponsible journalism.

Rep. Karl Rhoads announced the new draft Thursday and says the committee of negotiators plans to consider the bill again on Monday.

The new draft accepts some of Hee's amendments by removing protection for unpublished notes and allowing a defendant in a criminal case to subpoena some information.

Unlike the Senate version, the latest proposal includes digital publications in the definition of a newspaper.

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