Free speech is one thing, lying and slander are another. We shouldn't need a law like this and it's sad that we are at the point where we are demanding it. Obama needs to take special note of this law for his next campaign... which he'll probably start up pretty soon...
Lawmakers want to ban lying on the campaign trail
Washington state lawmakers are trying to
reinstate an old law that prohibited lying in political campaigns.
The state's previous ban on campaign lies was tossed out by the
state Supreme Court in 2007, as a violation of the First Amendment.
Yesterday, the state House approved a new version of the ban, on
a 92-2 vote. The bill would ban false statements about a candidate
for public office, if the statement is libelous or defamatory and
committed with actual malice.
Supporters of the bill say it will clean up elections. But
opponents worry that it's still not up to legal standards for
protecting free speech.