Friday, September 08, 2017
U.S. Rep. Anthony Brown announces plans for a bill to punish hate speech at universities
U.S. Rep. Anthony Brown announced during a speech Thursday afternoon that he plans to introduce a bill he hopes will curtail hate speech at universities.
If passed, the bill would require universities and colleges to demonstrate they have programs and initiatives in place that clearly define to students "what is acceptable speech and what is not acceptable speech," Brown (D-Md.) said to a room of roughly 150 people at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center.
For institutions that might lack the necessary resources to create these programs, the bill would set aside grant money to "take away any excuse," Brown said.
The bill would also push universities to report hate crimes to local law enforcement. While existing laws require universities to report hate crime data, Brown said many schools don't comply, which has led to underreporting.
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