Youth advocacy group urges Rick Scott to end ‘free-speech zones’ – Florida Politics

Youth advocacy group urges Rick Scott to end ‘free-speech zones’

A youth advocacy group is launching digital campaign ads urging Gov. Rick Scott to sign a higher education bill that includes a provision that would end so-called “free speech zones.”

Generation Opportunity-Florida sent an email expressing particular support of a provision in Senate Bill 4 that would end so-called “free speech zones.”

‘By signing Senate Bill 4, Governor Scott would be putting an end to the unconstitutional practice of limiting free speech to secluded and pre-sanctioned ‘zones’ on college campuses,” said Demetrius Minor, the director for GO-FL Coalition.

“This practice not only violates the First Amendment but represents the kind of closed-minded thinking that is anathema to what college is all about,” Minor added.

The measure, known as the Florida Excellence in Higher Education Act, is a big priority of Senate President Joe Negron and aims to improve transparency, faculty recruitment and graduation rates in the state’s higher education system by rewarding universities with four-year graduation rates.

To view the ad image that would be sent in direct email to the governor’s office, click here.

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