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Democrat Virginia Governor McAuliffe Signs Campus Free Speech Bill

Democrat Virginia Governor McAuliffe Signs Campus Free Speech Bill

“to try to promote free dialogue and expression of thoughts”

We have to give credit where it’s due. There are plenty of reasons to dislike McAuliffe but this was a good decision.

The Daily Caller reports:

Dem Virginia Governor Signs College Free Speech Bill

Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed a bill protecting free speech at colleges, a decision that comes amid a trend of colleges protesting conservative speakers on campus.

“Except as otherwise permitted by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, no public institution of higher education shall abridge the constitutional freedom of any individual, including enrolled students, faculty and other employees and invited guests, to speak on campus,” says the bill HB 1401, as reported by The Cavalier Daily.

The law will affect heavily-populated colleges in Virginia such as George Mason University, William and Mary, Virginia Tech, and the University of Virginia.

“The goal is to try to promote free dialogue and expression of thoughts and ideas on college campuses,” Steven Landes, a Virginia delegate, told The Cavalier Daily. “That’s the way it was when I was a college student and we just want to make sure that’s the case now and in the future so that students, faculty, staff and individuals who come on campus can have that open debate and dialogue.”


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This is the second good thing he’s done this week. He fully pardoned the “Norfolk 4” the other day, after 20 years of being railroaded for a rape/murder they were manipulated into confessing.

I hope this bill covers backdoor censorship, by preventing Colleges from charging exorbitant prices for security, because of the potential chaos those opposed to the speaker might cause.