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AFP-Oklahoma Supports Efforts to Protect Free Speech in Higher Ed; Applauds Committee Passage

Feb 26, 2019 by AFP

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—Americans for Prosperity-Oklahoma (AFP-OK) today issued a statement in response to the passage of SB 361 out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which seeks to protect the rights of students to engage in the freedom of speech and lawful expression. SB 361 now heads to the Senate floor for a full chamber vote.

AFP-OK State Director John Tidwell issued the following statement:

 “ Civil discourse makes possible a thoughtful and diverse society. Our universities can provide a cornerstone of that– offering students an open intellectual environment to engage with an array of disciplines and ideas. SB 361 gives Oklahomans the opportunity to express themselves.” 

Among some of the provisions which SB 361 addresses, it seeks to:

  • protect the right of all people on public university campuses to engage in lawful expression;
  • eliminate restrictive “free speech zones” that unconstitutionally limit the places students can exercise their First Amendment rights;
  • enable students to understand their free speech rights and responsibilities.

For further information or an interview, reach Nicole Tardif at or (571) 329-0161.