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HB 269 - Establishes Protections of Free Speech on College Campuses - Louisiana Key Vote

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Title: Establishes Protections of Free Speech on College Campuses

Title: Establishes Protections of Free Speech on College Campuses

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Title: Establishes Protections of Free Speech on College Campuses

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires universities to establish certain protections for free speech.

Highlights:

 

  • Requires Louisiana universities and colleges to develop and adopt a policy on free expression that contains at least the following (Sec. 1):

    • A statement that the primary institutional function is education, discovery, improvement, and dissemination of knowledge;

    • A statement that it is improper for institutions to shield individuals from free speech protected by the First Amendment;

    • Provisions that authorize students and faculty to discuss the problem that presents itself within the limits of reasonable viewpoints and content-neutral restrictions;

    • A statement that any individual lawfully present on campus may protest or demonstrate there;

    • A range of disciplinary sanctions for anyone who interferes with the free expression of others;

    • A provision that for each case where suspension for longer than 30 days or expulsion is a potential disciplinary sanction, students are entitled to a hearing and active assistance of counsel; and

    • A provision that any student who has twice been found responsible for infringing the expressive rights of others will be suspended for a minimum of 1 year or expelled.

  • Authorizes state-run colleges and universities to restrict speech if it violates state or federal law, is unprotected defamation, is an unjustifiable invasion of privacy, or qualifies as harassment based on a student’s membership of a protected class (Sec. 1).

  • Requires state-run colleges and universities to include programs on expressive conduct in all freshman orientations (Sec. 1).

  • Authorizes any individual whose expressive rights are violated to bring action in court to recover damages, court costs, and attorney fees (Sec. 1).

NOTE: THIS VOTE RECONSIDERS A PREVIOUS VOTE.

Title: Establishes Protections of Free Speech on College Campuses

Title: Establishes Protections of Free Speech on College Campuses

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