Bill Summary for H 527 (2017-2018)

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Jun 27 2017

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View NCGA Bill Details2017-2018 Session
House Bill 527 (Public) Filed Wednesday, March 29, 2017
AN ACT TO RESTORE AND PRESERVE FREE SPEECH ON THE CAMPUSES OF THE CONSTITUENT INSTITUTIONS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA.
Intro. by Millis, Jordan.

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Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 3rd edition.

Amends proposed GS 116-300, requiring the UNC Board of Governors to adopt a policy on free expression that includes access to campus for purposes of free speech and expression that are consistent with First Amendment jurisprudence regarding traditional public forums, designated public forums, and nonpublic forums, subject to reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions (previously, specifically designated park areas, sidewalks, plazas, and other similar places on constituent institution campuses as traditional public forums open on the same terms to any speaker, and designating other areas of the campuses as nonpublic forums consistent with First Amendment Jurisprudence).

Amends proposed GS 116-301(b), deleting the provision excepting from information requests by the Committee on Free Expression requested information required to be kept confidential by other provisions of State or federal law. 

Corrects the statutory reference in proposed GS 116-303 (Guidelines and additional policies authorized).

Changes the liability limitations set out in proposed GS 116-304, deleting the provision establishing immunity for the UNC System or a constituent institution for relocating or restricting expressive activity permitted by the act following a reasonable determination that there exists an articulable and significant threat to the health and safety of other individuals, or that the continuing or functioning of campus operations cannot be reasonably remedied except by relocating or restricting expressive activity.

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