Louisiana bill targeting free speech on college campuses advances

A Louisiana bill seeing outcry from college officials and students aims to redefine what is considered “protected speech” for protests on college campuses.

Under current law, “expressive activities” is considered as, “any lawful verbal or written means by which individuals or groups communicate ideas to one another.” The law’s definition applies to all forms of peaceful protest, assembly and petition circulation.

Senate Bill 294 by State Senator Valarie Hodges would keep the current law’s definition and instead change the term “free expression” to “free speech and First Amendment-protected expressive activities.”

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