Georgia legislature passes bill banishing free speech zones

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  • Georgia’s legislature on Monday passed a bill that would abolish free speech zones at the state’s public colleges, banning a system that critics say chills free expression.
  • Free speech zones are places on campus designated for demonstrations and other forms of expression. At public colleges across the U.S., they are sometimes the sole areas of campus where officials permit protests. Georgia’s legislation specifies most outdoor spots on public campuses would be considered open areas for expression.
  • Georgia’s public institutions could still create “narrowly tailored” rules governing when and how students can protest. Such rules, known as time, place and manner restrictions, are intended to avoid campus disruptions.

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