North Carolina May Veto Hecklers

April 29, 2016

North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest plans to propose legislation that would impose punishments on hecklers who shout down speakers on public campuses, according to the Associated Press.

The state’s legislative session began only yesterday, and Forest has yet to present his proposal officially, but the Associated Press says it will target "those who interrupt the free expression of others."

Hecklers interrupting or shouting down controversial speakers are common across the country. Earlier this month, protesters almost halted a speech by the mayor of Jerusalem at San Francisco State University, and Donald Trump is routinely interrupted by protesters at his campus rallies (and elsewhere). Though half a dozen or so states will be considering campus freedom of speech bills this year, North Carolina’s may be the first to target hecklers specifically.

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