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“The Milo bill”: Tennessee proposes campus free speech law

(Associated Press)

(Associated Press)

When Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak at UC-Berkeley on February 2nd and subsequently canceled and was evacuated, one state legislature decided to respond to the violent protests.

Tennessee legislators, Rep. Martin Daniel and Sen. Joey Hensley, proposed “the Milo bill” on Thursday. The bill is “designed to implement oversight of administrators’ handling of free speech issues,” reported by The Tennessean.

Hensley said the bills are to defend conservative speakers who have been silenced on college campuses.

“We’ve heard stories from many students that are honestly on the conservative side that have those issues stifled in the classroom,” Hensley said. “We just want to ensure our public universities allow all types of speech.”

Yiannopoulos was far from the only one disinvited or met with violent protests for trying to speak at college campuses. Ben Shapiro, Jason Riley, Condoleezza Rice, and scientist James Watson have all been met with similar treatment.

Of course, the bill would work both ways, and liberal speakers would also be allowed to speak on college campuses as well.


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