The FORUM Act (SB 40) ensures all college students can freely enjoy their First Amendment rights

COLUMBUS —The Ohio Senate just unanimously passed the CCV-backed FORUM (Forming Open and Robust University Minds) Act to protect free speech on college and university campuses.

“By passing SB 40, the Ohio Senate is sending the clear message that every student’s voice matters,” said Aaron Baer, president of Citizens for Community Values. “In recent years, we’ve witnessed university officials in Ohio and across America stifle the speech of pro-life and conservative groups. SB 40 will protect these students by creating a level playing field for ideas. It doesn’t favor any viewpoint or ideology, but ensures all speech is equally protected.”

In a 33-0 vote, the Ohio Senate just voted to:

  • Protect peaceful assemblies, protests, speakers, and displays on campus.

  • Prohibit “Free Speech Zones” on college campuses.

  • Prohibit shutting down events or other expression via a “Heckler’s Veto.”

  • Require colleges and universities to have a free speech policy, and report violations of free speech on campus to the General Assembly. 

“We want to thank the bill sponsors Senator Andy Brenner and Senator Rob McColley, and the entire Senate Chamber for protecting the right of every student to have the opportunity to engage in open and honest discussion, no matter his or her political party. We’re also grateful for all of our allies who supported this bill, including Alliance Defending Freedom, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, the American Legislative Exchange Council, and Americans for Prosperity.”

The bill now moves to the Ohio House for consideration. 

For more information, contact Citizens for Community Values at [email protected], or 513.733.5775.

 As Ohio’s Family Policy Council, Citizens for Community Values seeks the good of our neighbors throughout Ohio by advocating for public policy that reflects the truth of the Gospel. We endeavor to create an Ohio where God’s blessings of life, family, and religious freedom are treasured, respected, and protected.



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