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Americans For Prosperity Applauds Passage of Free Speech Legislation

Apr 4, 2022 by AFP

ATLANTA – Americans for Prosperity – Georgia (AFP-GA) today applauded the Senate for passing HB 1, the Forming Open and Robust University Minds (FORUM) Act. The bill now heads to Governor Kemp for his signature.

AFP-GA Deputy State Director Tony West released the following statement: 

“Protecting the right to free speech on college campuses is critical. This bill will ensure that public colleges and universities do not have ambiguous speech policies that lead to administrative overreach and the censoring of students and staff. We look forward to Governor Kemp signing this bill into law.”

Background: 

HB 1 provides robust protections for students and universities by:

  • Eliminating “free speech zones” that restrict where students can speak;
  • Protecting the right of all people to engage in lawful expression;
  • Requiring that students be educated regarding their free speech rights/responsibilities;
  • Requiring that administrators, campus police, etc. understand their duties regarding free expression on campus;
  • Protecting universities from unnecessary litigation and respecting institutional autonomy and academic freedom.