Supposedly, the idea is to allow all ideas, conservative and liberal, to be allowed on colleges and universities, though critics of the proposal claim it is an effort to shut out liberal viewpoints.
Syndicated columnist Jeff Emanuel offers a different take. Referring to a similar proposal in Georgia, Emanuel writes:
On the surface, these seem like admirable enough goals. What measures, though, would actually be put into place should HB 154 pass – and would the passage of this legislation serve as an end in itself, or would it only encourage government to further legislate the thoughts and actions of those on this nation’s college campuses? For, regardless of whether or not this bill would actually provide a temporary respite for conservatives students and faculty who have long had to struggle to get by in an environment which is predisposed toward modern liberalism, there is the worrisome prospect that HB 154 is simply the first step in a process to legislate the actions and, more importantly, the thoughts of those who inhabit America’s "marketplaces of ideas."