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Gov. Kemp Signs Legislation Protecting Free Speech on College Campuses


Georgia’s governor has signed legislation to protect free speech on college campuses.

Tuesday, Governor Brian Kemp signed House Bill 1, also known as the Forming Open and Robust University Minds Act, into law. The measure secures freedom of speech on the state’s university and technical college system campuses by preventing the creation or elimination of any existing “Free Speech Zones.” It also designates all unrestricted outdoor areas of campus as public forums.

"Freedom of expression is one of this great nation's fundamental liberties," said Governor Kemp. "Here in Georgia, we will protect those rights and that which is appropriate for any place of higher learning -- the ability to learn of different ideas.”
Kemp thanked members of the General Assembly for bipartisan support for the legislation.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!