Free Speech Defended on Campuses

Free Speech Defended on Campuses

State Senators Joan Huffman, R-Houston, and Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, authored Senate Bill 18 that closely follows The Chicago Statement, a report by the University of Chicago that lays out guidelines to protect students’ constitutional right to free speech. The bill would provide provisions such as:

  • all common outdoor areas must become public forums allowing free expression

  • ability to spontaneously and contemporaneously assemble or distribute written material without a permit or other permission from the institution

  • prohibit universities from taking action against student organizations because of their political, religious, philosophical, ideological or academic viewpoints

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