Missouri Chooses ‘Free Speech’ Over ‘Free Speech Zones’

September 1, 2015

By Bob Kellogg at OneNewsNow

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed the Campus Free Expression Act, known as the CAFÉ Act, into law to protect free speech on college campuses.

In light of the CAFÉ law, Missouri State University has revised a restrictive speech policy that required outside groups to hold events in a specific, small area of the campus.

Joe Cohn of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education said FIRE was instrumental in helping legislators pass the ACT.

"We wanted schools to look at what they were doing and evaluate their policies," he tells OneNewsNow.

Cohn is expecting to see further positive speech code revisions on campuses all across the state.

"We think they're good things for everyone in the state who cares about free speech," he says.

Missouri is only the second state, along with Virginia, to pass a law prohibiting the practice of setting up "free speech" zones...

Schools: Missouri State University