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#Colleges could pay damages for silencing campus speech under new legislation #Usa #Miami #Nyc #Houston #Uk #Es

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A group of Senate Republicans led by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) introduced legislation Wednesday that would see universities that violate freedom of speech liable for court damages.

The Campus Free Speech Restoration Act would bar public colleges and universities from restricting student expression and would empower aggrieved parties or the U.S. attorney general to sue institutions and receive damages if the school restricted the free speech rights of students.


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“Too many of America’s public colleges have attacked the First Amendment rights of their students using so-called free speech zones and unconstitutional speech codes,” Cotton said in a statement. “This bill fights back against campus censors in order to defend open debate and free speech, which lead us to truth.”

The bill, if enacted, would direct the Department
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