Leaders discuss free speech and diversity

PIERRE, S.D. (WNAX) – Members of the Government Operations and Audit Committee of the South Dakota legislature held a long discussion last week with university presidents and the Board of Regents about free speech and diversity on campus.

The legislature this year passed a bill outlining how the universities have to allow diverse opinions to be heard.

Representative Sue Peterson of Sioux Falls says they want to avoid extremes seen in other places.

Peterson, a Republican, says she is concerned about a lack of understanding of free speech on campuses.

Senator Susan Wismer of Britton, a Democrat, says she is concerned about the impression this type of law makes.

The Regents have to make a report to the legislature by the end of the year on progress made on intellectual diversity.