Missouri Second State to Protect Campus Free Speech

July 28, 2015

By Bob Kellogg at OneNewsNow

This month a bill was signed establishing a state law that bans unconstitutional “free-speech zones” on college campuses across Missouri.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed into law the Campus Free Expression Act, or CAFE Act, which prohibits public colleges and universities from having and enforcing free-speech zones. Joe Cohn of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education says Missouri is only the second state to pass such legislation.

“We’re really proud that Missouri added itself to this exclusive list,” he says. “We want to note that we’ve only been asking for legislation like this for a little over a year and half. And we think of this as just the beginning.”

Cohn says the problem with free-speech zones is that when one has been eradicated, another is unearthed elsewhere.

“You can’t just look at a snapshot of which schools are enacting them now,” he explains. “We often find, from semester to semester, a new one has popped up.”

Because legislative sessions in many states across the country have recessed for the year, Cohn says there’s no CAFE Act in the works at this time. Virginia is the only other state that has passed such legislation.