Academic Freedom News · 28 February 2005

February 28, 2005

The academic freedom campaign is about to be on the national radar as we move legislation in 21 states this spring. Below is the current list of bills, state by state, and at the national level, with brief details of where they stand.


Federal - The Academic Bill of Rights will again be introduced in the US House as a resolution, the US Senate will also be introducing a resolution. Academic freedom language, based off the Academic Bill of Rights, will also be reflected in the Higher Education Re-Authorization Act, that is authored by Congressmen Boehner and McKeon.

California - Academic Bill of Rights has been re-introduced in the Senate by Senator Bill Morrow and is Senate Bill 5

Massachusetts - The Academic Bill of Rights has been introduced by State Representative Jeff Perry, it has been assigned to Docket 1779, the legislation should be assigned a bill number soon.

Ohio- A statutory bill was introduced this spring in the State Senate by Senators Mumper, Watchman, Jordan and Cates and is Senate Bill 24

Washington- The Academic Bill of Rights has been introduced in the State House by Representatives Dunn, Wallace and Schindler it is HB 1991

Florida- Representative Dennis Baxley has introduced HB 837 which was modeled after the Academic Bill of Rights

Maryland- Delegates Frank, Aumann, Bartlett, Bates, Boteler, Cluster, Costa, Glassman, Impallaria, Jennings, Krebs, McComas, McDonough, McKee, Miller, Myers, O'Donnell, Parrott, Shewell, Stocksdale, Stull, Trueschler, and Weldon has introduced a version of the Academic Bill of Rights it is HB 964

Pennsylvania- The Academic Bill of Rights will be introduced on March 1st by state Representative Gibson Armstrong

Indiana - Legislation has been introduced this spring and is House Bill 1531

Tennessee - Bills have been introduced in the State House and State Senate they are House Bill 432 and Senate Bill 1117

Maine - Representative Steve Bowen has introduced the Academic Bill of Rights in the Maine House of Representatives

Rhode Island - Senators Breene, Blais, Damiani, Raptakis have introduce Senate Bill 392 the bill includes language regarding academic freedom based off of the Academic Bill of Rights.