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Georgia’s universities and colleges would have to create a free-speech policy protecting speakers under a proposed measure that passed the Senate on Monday.

The legislation, sponsored by Sen. William Ligon (R-Brunswick), would require that the state’s university system create and implement disciplinary sanctions for anyone that impedes speakers on campus.

Ligon’s legislation comes in response to the national debate about controversial speakers, mostly conservative, not being allowed to speak on campuses due to student protests and riots.

Opponents of the legislation say that it would limit the rights of students who want to protest with whom they disagree.

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