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HB 218 - Prohibits "Free Speech Zones" on College Campuses - Montana Key Vote

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Title: Prohibits "Free Speech Zones" on College Campuses

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits "free speech zones" on college campuses.

Highlights:

 

  • Defines the outdoor area of campus of a public postsecondary institution as a public forum and prohibits the creation of a “free speech zone” in these areas (Sec. 3).

  • Specifies that non-commercial expressive activities are only allowed if the person’s expressive activity is not unlawful or does not disrupt the institution (Sec. 4).

  • Requires the public postsecondary institution to adopt policies that implement all rulings (Sec. 5).

  • Authorizes students who are aggrieved by a violation to pursue action against the institution or employees who were responsible for the violation in the amount ranging from $2,000-$75,000 within a year of the violation (Sec. 5).

Title: Prohibits "Free Speech Zones" on College Campuses

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