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Assembly Speaker Robin Vos decried a “plague of political correctness on college campuses” as he called for new free speech protections at UW System schools.
Vos, R-Rochester, told GOP activists the often only viewpoint being heard on campus is liberal.
“Liberals actually think that their ideas are the only ones that should be allowed,” Vos said. “They think that their ideas are the only ones that should be heard.”
Vos is co-sponsoring a bill that would require the UW System to adopt a policy on freedom of expression and suspend or expel those who violate the policy twice. It also has several other provisions, including one requiring UW campuses to outline free speech rules during freshman orientation and create a council on the issue that would report to the Legislature each year.
Vos told activists college students are smart enough to get into school, to live on their own and “to find alcohol underage,” drawing laughs. That means they should be able to make up their own minds without the “government saying only one side of the equation is legitimate.”
“We must ensure that every person, no matter what they say, has a right to speak,” Vos said. “Conservatives have the right to speak. Libertarians have the right to speak, and even liberals should have the right to speak on our college campuses.”