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Oklahoma Governor Signs Bill Banning ‘Free Speech Zones’ From Public Campuses

Oklahoma Governor Signs Bill Banning ‘Free Speech Zones’ From Public Campuses

“Any person who wishes to engage in noncommercial expressive activity on campus shall be permitted to do so freely”

This is great news. Hopefully, other states will follow suit.

The College Fix reports:

Oklahoma governor signs bill to ban ‘free speech zones’ from public campuses

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed legislation Monday that bans “free speech zones” on public college campuses and protects the right of campus community members to “spontaneously and contemporaneously assemble, speak and distribute literature.”

Worryingly for college officials, it subjects them to litigation by individual and student groups whose freedom of expression was violated.

Senate Bill 361 deems the outdoors areas of covered institutions “public forums” where expression can only be limited under “clear, published, content- and viewpoint-neutral criteria.”

Such time, place and manner restrictions must be “narrowly tailored in service of a significant institutional interest,” and they must “provide for ample alternative means of expression”:

Any person who wishes to engage in noncommercial expressive activity on campus shall be permitted to do so freely, as long as the person’s conduct is not unlawful and does not materially and substantially disrupt the functioning of the public institutions of higher education …

The bill specifically exempts from protection “conduct that intentionally, materially and substantially disrupts another person’s expressive activity if that activity is occurring in a campus space reserved for that activity under the exclusive use or control of a particular group.”

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Comments

Gremlin1974 | May 2, 2019 at 1:54 am

Now this is what politicians should be doing, though it is sad that it is necessary.

smalltownoklahoman | May 2, 2019 at 7:52 am

The bill specifically exempts from protection “conduct that intentionally, materially and substantially disrupts another person’s expressive activity if that activity is occurring in a campus space reserved for that activity under the exclusive use or control of a particular group.

Hehe, way to spike the wheels of those shout down mobs!

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