House Bill 1073, Representative Mike Clark’s sponsored measure to provide for free speech guidelines on our University campuses was sent to the 41st legislative day, which is South Dakotan for “killed in committee.” Part of the justification for legislators doing so was based on some students saying it’s not needed.
In addition to one student saying HB 1073 would “make it harder to limit speakers that minority students might find offensive” (I’m not kidding), there was a resolution from the SDSU Student Senate opposing the bill.
But not so fast. Here’s an interesting take on that Student Senate resolution from some of the student Senators themselves:
Sounds like someone with an agenda ramrodded the resolution through, as these Student Senators are standing up and saying “the testimony (from the SDSU Student’s Association) and the resolution are in many ways misleading, and untrue because no student organizations of students were consulted on this issue.” And that the resolution itself was an “unethical action” by the Student’s Association.
Paints things in a different light, eh?
The word is that a smokeout attempt may be made on HB1073 this next week.
Keep on watching.