Melendez Introduces Campus Free Speech Act

 

SACRAMENTO –Assemblywoman Melissa A. Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, announced today, she introduced legislation to ensure the First Amendment Right of Freedom of Speech is protected and preserved throughout all of California’s college campuses.

“The first amendment is a cornerstone to this country’s founding document.  Our Constitution is clear, all persons, despite race, religion, or creed, have the right to freely voice their opinion without fear of retribution,” said Melendez. “Recently, we’ve seen a trend on California’s college campuses of stifling free speech.  The fact that college administrators have done nothing to ensure all of their students’ liberties are protected is shameful and un-American.”

Campus Free Speech Act, will:

  • Create an official, state-wide policy, affirming the importance of freedom of expression on all college campuses; thus, nullifying any existing restrictive speech codes in the process.
  • Prevents administrators from dis-inviting speakers–no matter how controversial– from whom members of the campus community wish to hear speak.
  • Establishes a system of disciplinary sanctions for students, and anyone else, who interferes with the free speech right of others.
  • Reaffirm the principle that universities, at the official institutional level, ought to remain neutral on issues of public controversy to encourage the widest possible range of opinion and dialogue within the university itself.
  • Ensure students will be informed of the official policy of free expression at their freshman orientation.
  • Authorize a special subcommittee of the University Board of Trustees to issue a yearly report to the public, the Trustees, the Governor, and the Legislature on the administrative handling of free speech issues on their respective campuses. 

“Liberty cannot live without the freedom to speak and nowhere is that more important than on college campuses where we educate the leaders of tomorrow,” said Melendez. “The institutional silencing of individuals because of differing political ideology threatens the very foundation upon which our country was built.”

Assemblywoman Melissa A. Melendez represents the 67th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Murrieta, Menifee, Wildomar and a portion of Hemet. It also includes the Riverside County unincorporated areas of Lake Mathews, Good Hope, Nuevo, and Winchester. Follow her on Twitter: @asmMelendez

 

8 Comments

  • Michael A Rausch says:

    Once again, I applaud you for aiming the floodlight of truth on those that hate the light. You are a treasure. Keep it up.

  • JACQUES K MAGILL says:

    I wish we had more elected persons in this state like you. Thank you for what you do.

  • Scott Holmes says:

    Melissa I thank you for standing up and speaking your mind. I live in east Hemet and don’t think you are my rep but wish you were. I will sign anything that needs signing to get things done
    First or 2nd amendment are threatened and need strong leadership to fight. Thanks again!!

  • Frances Meadows says:

    God I wish you were my representative. I have a cowardly sheep for mine, sorry to say. I’m in the 92503 district. Run for governor, I will stump for you.

  • Andt says:

    AMEN!!!!! It is about time someone in Cali grew a set and puts a stop to the cry babbies and their antics.

  • Terri Ruiter says:

    Thank you Melissa so much for standing up for us against all odds. We in Ca NEED YOU!!!! Maybe run for Governor we could use an honest person in Sacramento that actually defends us the people.

  • Renew Tuller says:

    Melissa,
    I am a strong advocate for free speech!
    I am chair of counselling at Grossmont College in San Diego.
    Would you be willing to come to our Professional development week mid August to speak to our faculty?
    Like many cleges, we need to provide balance to the extrem liberal imbalance offered to our students via our liberal faculty. This would be a wonderful opportunity for us to have you speak.
    My number is 619-804-9954.
    Thanks you.

  • bilingualmom says:

    Sad that this is necessary. I don’t agree, though, with a state law establishing a system of disciplinary sanctions for students who interfere with the right to free speech of others. I think that is a bit too much government interference.

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