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SB17-062: Student Free Speech Public Higher Education Campuses

Freedom of Expression & Religion | Student and Youth Rights
Bill Number: SB17-062
Year: 2017
ACLU Position: Active Support
Sponsors: S. Humphrey/T. Neville/J. Bridges


The bill prohibits public institutions of higher education from
restricting a student’s constitutional right to speak in any way in a public
forum, including speaking verbally, holding a sign, or distributing flyers
or materials. Additionally, a public institution of higher education shall
not impose unreasonable restrictions on the time, place, and manner of
student speech that occurs in a public forum and is protected by the first
amendment. Court actions for violations of the provisions of the bill are
allowed and include recovery of reasonable court costs and attorney fees.
Public institutions of higher education are prohibited from designating
any area on campus as a free speech zone.

Current Status:

Governor Signed (04/04/2017)
Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (03/22/2017)
Sent to the Governor (03/29/2017)
House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments (03/13/2017)
Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs (02/16/2017)
Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor (02/13/2017)

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