AUSTIN— The Texas Public Policy Foundation commends the Texas House of Representatives for the passage of HB 2100, relating to free speech at Texas public universities.

Thomas Lindsay, Ph.D., director of the Center for Innovation in Education at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, said the following:

“The Texas House of Representatives is to be applauded for passing House Bill 2100. In looking at alternative modes of addressing the campus free speech crisis, the House rightly chose to institute the most robust protections of the First Amendment rights of Texas public university students, faculty, and staff. Among other safeguards, this bill would provide legal recourse to anyone whose speech rights have been violated. Moreover, it forbids higher education institutions from making decisions about invited guest speakers based on the speaker’s political viewpoint. If passed, Texas would become the 15th state to pass campus free speech legislation in the last decade.”