Bill to reject N.D. higher education ‘safe spaces’ passes House
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
GRAND FORKS — A bill described by its sponsor as a means to ensure freedom of speech in North Dakota higher education by rejecting “political correctness gone crazy” has passed in the state House.
Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, sponsor of House Bill 1329, said the proposed legislation is a response to an “attitude that free speech is not free speech” on campuses where he said expression is discouraged by university policy.
Though the House Education Committee gave a “do not pass” recommendation, the measure passed 65 to 25 on Monday. It needed 48 votes to pass the House.