Defamation, False Light, and Unauthorized Publication of Name or Likenesses
Requiring that certain articles or broadcasts be removed from the Internet within a specified period to limit damages for defamation; providing persons in certain positions relating to newspapers with immunity for defamation if such persons exercise due care to prevent publication or utterance of such a statement; providing venue for damages for a defamation or privacy tort based on material broadcast over radio or television; providing a rebuttable presumption that a publisher of a false statement acted with actual malice in certain circumstances, etc.
An allegation that the plaintiff has discriminated against another person or group because of their race, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity constitutes defamation per se. (a) A defendant cannot prove the truth of an allegation of discrimination with respect to sexual orientation or gender identity by citing a plaintiff’s constitutionally protected religious expression or beliefs. (b) A defendant cannot prove the truth of an allegation of discrimination with respect to sexual orientation or gender identity by citing a plaintiff’s scientific beliefs. (c) A prevailing plaintiff for allegations under this subsection is, in addition to all other damages, entitled to statutory damages of at least $35,000.
2024 Regular Session
|110 Senate Building
|Senate Judiciary Hearing
|Now in Fiscal Policy
|Remaining references corrected to Fiscal Policy
|Original reference(s) removed: Appropriations Committee on Criminal and Civil Justice
|CS by Judiciary read 1st time
|Pending reference review under Rule 4.7(2) - (Committee Substitute)
|CS by Judiciary; YEAS 7 NAYS 2
|On Committee agenda-- Judiciary, 02/05/24, 2:30 pm, 110 Senate Building
|Referred to Judiciary; Appropriations Committee on Criminal and Civil Justice; Fiscal Policy