The office of California State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) let us know that the politician has been honored by the First Amendment Coalition (FAC) with its Beacon Award.
The award recognizes Yee’s “legislation in support of government transparency and the rights of student journalists and their advisers.”
The original author of California’s videogame law, which is still sitting in appeal before the United States Supreme Court, said about the award:
There is little that I take greater pride in than our legislative efforts to increase transparency of government and protect the speech rights of California students. With the help of the First Amendment Coalition, we have passed landmark open government laws. Unfortunately, at times, we have also fallen victim to the Governor’s veto pen.
Yee was one of four Beacon Award winners. Full details can be viewed here.