Senate Majority Policy Committee will examine free speech issues on college campuses

HARRISBURG – The Senate Majority Policy Committee will take a closer look at free speech issues on Pennsylvania college campuses during a public hearing on January 23 at 10 a.m. in Hearing Room No. 1 of the North Office Building.

Committee Chairman Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) said the hearing will include an examination of successful and unsuccessful strategies colleges in Pennsylvania and across the country have adopted to handle controversial speakers.

“In light of the protests and violence we have seen on campuses in other states, including UC Berkley and Middlebury, it is critical to ensure every college in Pennsylvania has a clear strategy to ensure the free exchange of ideas can take place without jeopardizing the safety of students,” Argall said.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, an organization that promotes free speech on campuses across the country, will testify at the hearing. In addition, representatives from public and private colleges and universities have been invited to testify and share their experiences.

More information can be found on the committee’s website at http://policy.pasenategop.com.