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Enacted Campus Free Speech Statutes – Florida

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In 2018, Florida enacted SB 4, now Fla. Stat. § 1004.097

SB 4 Summary

SB 4 eliminates policies that quarantine speech to misleadingly labeled “free speech zones” and provides a judicial remedy for violations of expressive rights.

Key Provisions

  • Prohibits public institutions from quarantining speech with “free speech zones”; and
  • Creates a cause of action allowing an aggrieved party to file a lawsuit to enforce their rights under the statute.

FIRE Commentary

Florida becomes ninth state to ban restrictive campus free speech zones