Friday, February 04, 2005

University Free Speech Bill Has No Teeth

HB 487

Chavez (D-El Paso)

The only changes this bill carries is:

Regulation by the governing board of an institution of higher education of the time, place, and manner of speech and assembly may not be more restrictive than necessary to protect normal academic and institutional activities.

And they say Democrats have no courage of their conviction to stand up for what's right.

News Flash, Norma: many universities are one step ahead of this. UT-Austin, for example, allows for the entire campus to be free speech, but they have areas that they section off as "elevated noise areas" or something like that. If this bill dies like it did last session, it's because little to nothing would change for college students.


At 2:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This bill was filed in 03 because of a lawsuit on free speech here at the Univ. of Texas El Paso when there was no room for free speech here (3 really really small areas for any deminstrations). They have updated the operation codes because of the lawsuit, and the same at UT-Austin for the lawsuit there. Its mostly a symbolic thing and well, you're right, won't do much.

Mike - University Democrats Treasurer

At 4:30 AM, Blogger Daily Texican said...

Norma Chavez is still around? I thought she the cops busted up a party with one of her aids a while back? Didn't i read something about some illegal substances!

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