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Campus Free Speech: A Legislative Proposal

About a year ago, in response to the often illiberal demonstrations then sweeping across America’s colleges and universities, I offered “A Plan to Restore Free Speech on Campus.” I’m pleased to report that since then I have joined with Arizona’s Goldwater Institute to turn this plan into model state-level legislation. The resulting proposal also incorporates some innovative ideas for protecting campus speech that the Goldwater Institute has helped to put forward in Arizona.

On Tuesday, January 31 at noon, Jim Manley and Jonathan Butcher of the Goldwater Institute and I will present and explain this new, model legislation at a panel at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC. Casey Mattox of Alliance Defending Freedom will also be a panelist. At the same time, the Goldwater Institute will publish a white paper outlining and explaining this legislative proposal.

I’ll have much more to say about all this once the proposal goes public. You can sign up to attend the Heritage panel, or to watch the event online, here.

Stanley Kurtz is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He can be reached at