Macroaggression: State legislatures fighting back to protect free speech on campus

Macroaggression: State legislatures fighting back to protect free speech on campus
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Four more state legislatures have joined their counterparts across the country in taking a stand against the erosion of First Amendment rights on college campuses.

Representatives in Wisconsin, Georgia, Utah, and Texas have now all filed, and in some cases begun to pass, resolutions to protect free speech at public colleges and universities, with Republican Rep. Briscoe Cain of Texas declaring that “the First Amendment does not stop at the campus gates.”

“College should be a place where all opinions, popular or not, should be able to be freely expressed,” Cain explained in a press release announcing his new resolution, which is being co-sponsored by Republican Rep. Matt Shaheen. “Students have the right to free speech and HB 2527 will help protect the constitutional rights of students and student organizations.”

Similarly, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is advocating for the passage of a companion bill included alongside his budget proposal that would award the University of Wisconsin System $10,000 to revise its “policies related to academic freedom,” according to The Capital Times.

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