Legislators Reintroduce Albany’s Anti-academic Freedom Bill
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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has introduced an amended version of a controversial bill that would outlaw the use of State funds to support any employee participation in groups conducting a boycott "in certain countries." The version of the bill that was pulled from consideration last week after a groundswell of pressure from faculty unions and civil libertarians would have denied all public funding to New York colleges and universities for even reimbursing part of a faculty members’ travel to a conference hosted by an organization that endorses such a boycott. The new bill (Assembly Bill 8392a) )does not threaten to eliminate State funding for colleges and universities, but it does prohibit the use of State funds to support employee participation in groups conducting such a boycott.
The Center for Constitutional Rights has promised to litigate if the bill was reintroduced, and faculty groups are again mobilizing to oppose it.