North Carolina has become the first state to enact free-speech legislation based on the Goldwater Institute proposal, authored by Stanley Kurtz of National Review and Jim Manley and Jonathan Butcher of Arizona’s Goldwater Institute.
According to Kurtz, much of the credit for the passage of the Restore Campus Free Speech Act belongs to North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest, who worked with Kurtz since 2015, when Kurtz offered “A Plan to Restore Free Speech on Campus” at NRO.
The North Carolina Restore Campus Free Speech Act passed 80 to 31 in the House; 10 Democrats; surprisingly, roughly one-quarter of the Democrats in the House voted for the bill. In the state Senate, all 34 GOP members voted for the bill; all 11 Democrats voted against it.
Governor Rory Cooper did not act on the bill, which allowed it to pass. 17 colleges and universities are in the University of North Carolina system,
Butcher delightedly said:
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