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Senate advances free speech protections on college campuses

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The Senate has given preliminary approval to a measure protecting students’ rights to free speech on college campuses.

Rep. Anthony Kern of Glendale is sponsoring a bill that would prevent colleges and universities from restricting free speech in a public forum. The bill also specifies when restrictions can be placed on free speech.

Kern said his support for the measure stemmed from an incident when he was relegated to a free speech zone while handing out church materials on a college campus.

Paradise Valley Community College is currently involved in a lawsuit for creating a free speech zone prosecutors say had a chilling effect on students.

The Senate initially approved House Bill 2615 on Monday afternoon. 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  1. Free speech is not only a ‘right of passage’ for students, but must NEVER be used to censor anyone who wishes to voice their opinion, or belief. It is strange, and amusing, that the bible humpers, and rightwingnuts are concerned with those they disagree with, e.g. individuals and groups advocating for Rights for Women, LGBT population, immigrants, minorities and those professing spiritual beliefs that do not mirror their own.
    My Bernie Sanders Bumper Stickers apparently cause not a ‘Bern,’ but a meltdown among some in Arizona.

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