Good news for the first amendment rights of Arizona college students! 

Here’s how the governor of Arizona ensured America’s first liberty is preserved in his state:

Governor Doug Ducey signed two bills today, protecting free speech in Arizona for college students and for the general public.

House Bill 2615 broadens campus “free speech zones” to the entire public college campus as opposed to designated areas. It provides students the right to exercise free speech without concerns about the time, place and manner unless the public higher education institution can prove the restriction is reasonable and justified. Additionally, it gives students the right to file action in court and to receive an award judgment if the court finds that the university or community college has restricted the student’s speech.

House Bill 2548 includes similar language, but additionally, it adds a misdemeanor penalty to any person who obstructs another person’s right to gain access and attend a government meeting, hearing or political event.

“The First Amendment right of free speech is a bedrock founding principle of our Republic,” said Governor Ducey. “Likewise, part of the university experience is to be able to express diverse views, openly, without fear of retribution or intimidation – and to be exposed to other views and perspectives, even if they aren’t politically correct or popular. These bills protect free speech throughout our college campuses, and also ensure an individual’s right to engage in free speech isn’t shut down by someone else who disagrees with his or her perspective.”

h/t Orit Kwasman

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Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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