NU OFFICIALS , NEBRASKA LAWMAKERS ARE MAKING SEPARATE PROPOSALS ON FREE SPEECH ON CAMPUS

State senators and University of Nebraska officials are both working on separate proposals regarding free speech on campus. There has been a push in the legislature, led by conservatives, to write some legislation that would require the state’s public universities and colleges to uphold free speech rights. This is coming after an incident that occurred earlier this year where an undergraduate student recruiting for a conservative youth group, turning point USA, was called a “neo-fascist” and other names by a graduate student and TA. The bill coming from conservatives in the legislature is being drafted by Senator Halloran, who is using a model from the Goldwater Institute, a conservative think tank that has helped pass similar legislation in other states. Meanwhile officials in the NU system have been circulating their own internal document showing the NU system’s “commitment to free expression.” Halloran’s bill would require the NU Board of Regents to create a committee on free expression, which would then report on how incidences of free expression, and its barriers were handled.