Kansas Bill Aims To Protect Free Speech On Campuses - KOAM TV 7

Kansas Bill Aims To Protect Free Speech On Campuses


    The Kansas Senate has advanced a bill aimed at furthering free-speech protections for college students.
     But some critics worry that the measure given first-round approval Wednesday could have unintended consequences.
     The bill would prevent state universities from establishing "free-speech zones" and disinviting offensive guest speakers. It also would ensure that university speech codes do not limit student speech.
    Another proposed amendment that would have extended the bill's free-speech protections to include faculty failed. 
    Democratic Senator Lynn Rogers of Wichita said the lack of protection for faculty members sends a message that they are "second-class citizens."
    A final vote on the bill is scheduled for Thursday
    A final Senate vote is set for Thursday to determine whether the bill goes to the House.

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