“…or expresses or intends to express any viewpoint or ideology that can be found in any major American political party platform…”
What could possibly go wrong?
A bill, prefiled today:
Establishes the Missouri Censorship Prohibition Act to protect the rights of speakers on campuses of public institutions of higher education
Sponsor: Schnelting, Adam (104)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2022
LR Number: 4464H.01I
Last Action: 12/29/2021 – Prefiled (H)
Bill String: HB 2105
Next House Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: Bill currently not on a House calendar
From the bill language [pdf]:
8. (1) This subsection shall be known and may be cited as the “Missouri Censorship Prohibition Act”.
(2) As used in this subsection, the following terms mean:
(a) “Censor”, the act of barring, banning, cancelling, prohibiting, or rescinding an invitation to a speaker;
(b) “Political party”, the same definition as in section 115.013;
(c) “Speaker”, a person invited to appear on the campus of a public institution of higher education as a public speaker, lecturer, or presenter.
(3) No public institution of higher education that receives state moneys shall censor a speaker based solely on the fact that such speaker espouses a particular political persuasion, holds a particular party affiliation, or expresses or intends to express any viewpoint or ideology that can be found in any major American political party platform.
(4) In addition to the causes of action allowed under subsections 5 to 7 of this section, any speaker censored by a public institution of higher education that receives state moneys may bring a civil action for defamation against such institution for violations of this subsection.
Pass the popcorn.
Cue the Leopards Eating People’s Faces Party. And a host of others.