House Bill 735, known as the Campus Free Speech Bill, received bipartisan support. However, it was vetoed when it reached the governor’s desk.
Specifically, the bill would have:
· Protected the right of all people to engage in lawful expression.
· Eliminated restrictive “free speech zones.”
· Empowered students to understand their free speech rights/responsibilities.
· Made university free expression guidelines available to the public.
· Allowed alleged victims to bring a cause of action for violation of their free speech rights.
· Confirmed existing First Amendment protections in state law, clarifying expectations for all parties.
· Provided access to state courts.
· Protected universities.
It’s now up to Montana lawmakers to override Gov. Steve Bullock’s veto. Tell lawmakers to protect free speech on college campuses, today!