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Free speech mandate moves through GA Senate

Georgia’s universities and colleges would have to create a free-speech policy protecting speakers under a proposed measure that passed the Senate on Monday.

The legislation, sponsored by Sen. William Ligon (R-Brunswick), would require that the state’s university system create and implement disciplinary sanctions for anyone that impedes speakers on campus.

Ligon’s legislation comes in response to the national debate about controversial speakers, mostly conservative, not being allowed to speak on campuses due to student protests and riots.

Opponents of the legislation say that it would limit the rights of students who want to protest with whom they disagree.

Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns. Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. Jeremy has lived in Camden County for over 17 years.

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