Lawmaker says ban on Free Speech Zones is best way to guarantee free speech

DENVER -- A bill banning so-called “free speech zones” on public college campuses in Colorado is now on the Governor’s desk awaiting his signature.

“We’ve seen a number of problems over the last few years on college campuses with people possibly having their free speech rights limited and that causing problems,” bill sponsor State Sen. Tim Neville, R-Jefferson County, told Anne Trujillo on this week’s Politics Unplugged.

Neville says Senate Bill 62, which had wide bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate, is designed to make sure students on college campuses are exposed to a variety of viewpoints.

“The belief there is that we have young adults who are coming to the university [and] they should be engaged with different ideas they might not agree with,” Neville said. “The question is how might those ideas might be allowed to [be] given on the campus, but at the same time not choosing winners and losers.”

Neville said he and other leaders in the Legislature felt it is important to guarantee free speech.

“I think more free speech is really the best indicator of everybody being heard and everybody actually being able to focus on the issues that are important to them,” he said.

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Politics Unplugged airs Sundays at 4:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Denver7.

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