Student Free-speech Bill Passes Kentucky Senate

Posted: Fri 8:51 AM, Feb 20, 2015


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A bill touted by its supporters as providing a guide to Kentucky’s public schools on the religious and political free-speech protections of students has passed the state Senate.

The bill, which advanced on a 30-4 vote Thursday, is backed by The Family Foundation. Its executive director, Kent Ostrander, says it puts “a stake in the ground” for the free speech and religious liberty of students.

The measure is opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky. ACLU Program Director Derek Selznick says it’s an unneeded attempt to overregulate something that has First Amendment protections.

The measure wades into controversial subjects such as students wanting to thank God at public school events or wanting to pray before athletic events.

The bill now heads to the Kentucky House for consideration.



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