Saturday, May 13, 2017
#TXLEGE: Senate passes Campus Free Speech bill!!!
"He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still."
Amidst all the craziness last Thursday, the Senate quietly moved forward something pretty awesome: Dawn Buckingham's campus free speech bill has now passed the full Senate.
We testified in favor of this bill in late April. But, to be honest, we thought it was dead in committee. Thus, we didn't even realize that it had been voted out.
But, apparently, Chairman Seliger defied our expectations last week.
And now the bill is out of the full Senate!
Making matters even better, during floor debate Bryan Hughes added a floor amendment that would ban so-called "free speech zones" on campus. So the bill is even stronger than what was originally considered in committee. Booyah!!!
Finally, we would like to publicly thank Chairman Seliger. He did not have to move this bill, but he did. While we've certainly had our disagreements over the years, his leadership of the Higher Ed committee this session has been a pleasant surprise.
Bottom Line: It's still moving....