Listen: The Indy’s Corey Hutchins on the end of free speech zones on Colorado college campuses

The Colorado Independent’s Corey Hutchins appeared on Colorado Public Radio this morning to discuss the end of “free speech zones” on Colorado’s public university campuses.

Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the new law early this month, which came with unanimous bipartisan support.

What? No more free speech on campus? Terrible, right?

Well, no. It’s actually an expansion of free speech on college campuses. After Nov. 9, students and members of the public won’t have to huddle in cordoned-off sections of a campus if they want to protest, demonstrate, distribute literature, or hold a rally.

Related: Colorado just banned ‘free speech zones’ on campus. Here’s what that means.

Colorado Matters Host Ryan Warner asked how so-called free speech zones came about, and how a hyper-polarized legislature came together over the First Amendment to abolish them in this purple state.

Listen to the whole interview here.

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