State Senate GOP Pushing Free Speech On College Campus Bill

Chris Fox
March 12, 2019 - 12:48 pm
Texas Capitol Building

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AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - Conservative speech blocked on Texas college campuses over the past few years led Senate Republicans to find ways to legislate the problem.

In October 2017 protesters blocked Texas House Freedom Caucus member Briscoe Cain from speaking at Texas Southern University, just a month earlier Texas A&M rejected White Nationalist Richard Spencer from speaking at a White Lives Matter Rally on campus.

On Monday the Senate State Affairs Committee passed Senator Joan Huffman’s bill (Senate Bill 18) requiring Texas Public colleges to review their free speech policies. Huffman rolled out the legislation. “The policy must allow individuals to engage in expressive activities on campus and enable student organizations and faculty to invite speakers to speak on campus. The policy must establish disciplinary sanctions for students, student organizations or faculties who unduly interfere with others free speech rights.”

The bill also requires Texas institutions of higher education to have common outdoor areas for all students to be allowed to display expressive activities freely. 

The bill is now headed to the full Senate for a vote.