State Legislature continues campus free speech battle

Jason Droddy, the chief of staff for LSU’s president, pushed unsuccessfully Thursday for amendments to a bill that would limit campus restrictions on free speech. (Photo: Joby Richard, LSU Manship School News Service)

By Joby Richard and Kaylee Poche

In an 8-4 vote along party lines, the House Education Committee on Thursday approved a bill limiting the ability of universities to set time, place and manner restrictions on First Amendment speech and assembly.

The bill, proposed by Sen. Rick Ward, R-Port Allen, requires universities to develop written policies regarding free expression on campus and make annual reports to the Legislature.

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