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SB 17-062

  • Colorado Senate Bill
  • 2017 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Feb 16, 2017
  • Senate
  • House
  • Governor

Student Free Speech Public Higher Education Campuses

Abstract

The bill prohibits public institutions of higher education (public institution) from limiting or restricting student expression in a student forum. 'Expression' is defined to mean any lawful verbal or written means by which individuals communicate ideas to one another, including all forms of peaceful assembly, protests, speaking verbally, holding signs, circulating petitions, and disstributing written materials. 'Expression' also includes voter registration activities but does not include speech that is primarily for a commercial purpose. A public institution shall not subject a student to disciplinary action as a result of his or her expression. A public institution shall not designate any area on campus as a free speech zone or otherwise create policies that imply that its students' expressive activities are restricted to a particular area of campus. Additionally, a public institution shall not impose restrictions on the time, place, and manner of student speech unless such restrictions are reasonable, justified without reference to the speech's content, are narrowly tailored to serve a significant government interest, and leave open ample alternative channels for communication of the information or message. The bill states that it does not grant other members of the college or university community the right to disrupt previously scheduled or reserved activities in a portion or section of the student forum at that scheduled time. Additionally, the bill clarifies that it is not to be interpreted as preventing the public institution from prohibiting, limiting, or restricting expression that is not protected under the 1st Amendment. A student who has been denied access to a student forum for expressive purposes may bring a court action to recover reasonable court costs and attorney fees. (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Bill Sponsors (3)

Jeff Bridges

  • Democratic
  • upper
  • 26
Primary

Tim Neville

  • Republican
Primary

Stephen Humphrey

  • Republican
  • lower
  • 48
Primary

Votes


Actions


Apr 04, 2017

Office of the Governor

Governor Signed

Mar 29, 2017

Office of the Governor

Sent to the Governor

Mar 28, 2017

Colorado General Assembly

Signed by the Speaker of the House

Mar 27, 2017

Colorado General Assembly

Signed by the President of the Senate

Mar 22, 2017

Colorado General Assembly

Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass

Mar 21, 2017

Colorado General Assembly

House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments

Mar 17, 2017

Colorado General Assembly

House Third Reading Laid Over to 03/21/2017 - No Amendments

Colorado General Assembly

House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor

Mar 16, 2017

Colorado General Assembly

House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments

Mar 13, 2017

Colorado General Assembly

House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments

Mar 08, 2017

Colorado General Assembly

House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole

  • Referral-Committee
  • Committee-Passage
State, Veterans, & Military Affairs House Committee of the Whole

Feb 16, 2017

Colorado General Assembly

Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

  • Introduction
State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

Feb 13, 2017

Colorado General Assembly

Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor

Feb 10, 2017

Colorado General Assembly

Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor

Feb 09, 2017

Colorado General Assembly

Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments

Feb 08, 2017

Colorado General Assembly

Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments

Feb 07, 2017

Colorado General Assembly

Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments

Feb 02, 2017

Colorado General Assembly

Senate Committee on Education Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole

  • Referral-Committee
  • Committee-Passage
Education Senate Committee of the Whole

Jan 13, 2017

Colorado General Assembly

Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education

  • Introduction
Education

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
Amendment L.002 PDF
Amendment L.003 PDF
Amendment L.012 PDF
Amendment L.014 PDF
Amendment L.013 PDF
Amendment L.011 PDF
Committee Amendment PDF
PA1 (02/03/2017) PDF
PA2 (03/09/2017) PDF
Introduced (01/13/2017) PDF
Engrossed (02/10/2017) PDF
Reengrossed (02/13/2017) PDF
Revised (2) (03/17/2017) PDF
Rerevised (03/21/2017) PDF
Final Act (03/28/2017) PDF
Signed Act (04/04/2017) PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
Fiscal Note FN1 (01/24/2017) PDF
Fiscal Note FN2 (02/28/2017) PDF
Fiscal Note FN3 (06/22/2017) PDF

Sources

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