The bill prohibits public institutions of higher education from restricting a student's constitutional right to speak in any way in a public forum, including speaking verbally, holding a sign, or distributing flyers or materials. Additionally, a public institution of higher education shall not impose unreasonable restrictions on the time, place, and manner of student speech that occurs in a public forum and is protected by the first amendment. Court actions for violations of the provisions of the bill are allowed and include recovery of reasonable court costs and attorney fees. Public institutions of higher education are prohibited from designating any area on campus as a free speech zone.



Current status

  • Governor Signed (04/04/2017)
  • Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (03/22/2017)
  • Sent to the Governor (03/29/2017)
  • House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments (03/13/2017)
  • Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs (02/16/2017)
  • Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor (02/13/2017)


S. Humphrey/T. Neville/J. Bridges

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