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HB20-1062:Colorado Student Free Expression Law

Freedom of Expression & Religion
Bill Number: HB20-1062
Year: 2020
ACLU Position: Support
Sponsors: B. McLachlan / D. Coram


The bill clarifies that the term student publication can mean a
publication in written, broadcast, or online format. A student advisor is
required to encourage expression consistent with high standards of
English and journalism.
The bill also adds a provision to protect public school employees
from any form of retaliation resulting solely from the employee’s actions
to protect a student’s rights of free expression or refusing to infringe on
student conduct that is protected by the Colorado student free expression
law or by the first amendment to the United States constitution.

Current Status:

Sent to the Governor (03/23/2020)
Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (03/10/2020)
Senate Committee on Education Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole (03/04/2020)
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education (02/13/20)
House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (02/13/20)
House Committee on Education Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole (02/06/2020)
Introduced In House - Assigned to Education (01/08/2020)

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