Assemblywoman Melendez is wasting our time, and our tax dollars with campus free speech bill

American universities ought to be bastions of free expression, but as we too often find out, many have become inhospitable toward those with unpopular ideas.

That’s apparently why California Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Murrieta, was among those who introduced the Campus Free Speech Act as a constitutional amendment.

Among others things, it seeks to nullify restrictive speech codes, prevent college administrators from disinviting controversial speakers, and set disciplinary sanctions for students who interfere with others’ free speech.

Melendez’s introduction of the Campus Free Speech Act should inspire discussion of cultural and policy changes needed on college campuses.

Instead, her bill is dead on arrival thanks to the California Republican Party’s incompetent leadership which has driven the Assembly Republican Caucus into a permanent super-minority status.

Assemblywoman Melendez is wasting our time, and our tax dollars. If she wants to pass legislation and be an effective leader, she might read-up on the California Assembly’s “Rule of 41”.

Read the whole story in the Press Enterprise

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