New Free Speech Measure For KY’s Higher Ed

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Legislation requiring Kentucky universities and colleges to adopt policies ensuring the protection of freedom of speech by faculty and students is headed to the State House. After much debate, the Kentucky Senate voted 27 to 11 in favor of the bill.

Paris Senator Steve West says the measure still gives school officials the ability to restrict certain activities.“Our universities can still place certain restrictions on speech, as long as they meet reasonableness, reference to content, and they’re narrowly tailored.”

During questioning by Louisville Senator Gerald Neal, bill sponsor Will Schroder  said name calling as a part of hate speech could still be protected speech. Pike County Senator Ray Jones voted no, expressing concern that universities might be restricted in policing campus events sponsored by hate groups