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Debate On SC “Ethics Bill” Scheduled




|| By FITSNEWS ||  The S.C. Policy Council is hosting a public forum on censorship provisions included in a so-called “ethics” bill making its way through the S.C. General Assembly this year.

We’ve already weighed in on this legislation: Arguing it will do nothing to enhance “ethics” – while at the same time imposing unconstitutional limits on free speech.

“The legislation would stifle the ability of citizens to criticize their elected officials,” we wrote, referring to it as a “huge step in the wrong direction.”

The SCPC has weighed in, too.

“The South Carolina legislature is poised to pass new regulations of political speech,” the organization wrote recently.  “While the proposed law is being spun as perfunctory regulation of election ads, it actually would go much farther than mere campaign ads to potentially cover virtually all communications critical of public officials during a broad window before an election.”

In fact the group’s president Ashley Landess – one of the participants in this week’s gathering – has been leading the fight against this bill.

Joining Landess at this week’s event?  Brad Warthen (a former mainstream media editorial writer), Lynn Teague (of the S.C. League of Women Voters) and S.C. Rep. Rick Quinn.  Meanwhile Bill Rogers – executive director of the S.C. Press Association (SCPA) – will moderate the event.

The debate will be held on Tuesday, May 19 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. EDT in the Campus Room of the Capstone Building (902 Barnwell Street) on the campus of the University of South Carolina in downtown Columbia, S.C.

For the official invite, click here (.pdf).

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