Roach's HB 233 Looks To Cancel  'Cancel Culture' in Colleges

Roach's HB 233 Looks To Cancel 'Cancel Culture' in Colleges

Jim McCool
Jim McCool
March 10, 2021

In more recent years, universities have been the focal point of political discourse, good or bad.  However, 'cancel culture' has seemed to smother any chance of civil debate of any sort on campuses across the country.

HB 233, also entitled "Postsecondary Education" by Rep. Spencer Roach (R) seeks to cancel, "cancel culture" on college campuses by promoting the diversity of thought at Florida universities.

The bill is designed to prohibit the State Board of Education and Board of Governors (BOG) from, "shielding students, staff, and faculty from certain speech."

There would also be required annual assessments on intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity, conducted by the State Board of Education, on all campuses in Florida.

The only statutory requirement is that these assessments are objective, non-partisan, and statistically validated.

Roach told The Floridian today that all he hopes to do with HB 233 is, "ensure that no students are subjected to either cancel culture or censorship based on a political viewpoint."

The bill is relatively new, however has the support of Rep. Anthony Sabatini (R) and has caught the eyes of other Florida GOP lawmakers.

Universities and institutions are heavily left-leaning, so it appears as if Rep. Roach simply aims to make college a "marketplace of ideas."

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Jim McCool

Jim McCool

Jim is a graduate of Florida State University where he studied Political Science, Religion and Criminology. He has been a reporter for the Floridian since January of 2021 and will start law school in 2024.

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