AUSTIN- The Freedom From Censorship Act (Senate Bill 12), filed by Senator Bryan Hughes (R-Tyler) was passed by the Texas Senate today. The bill will make sure that Texans have the right to free speech and the ability to exercise that right in the modern public square. Senator Hughes issued the following statement on passage of the legislation:
“In Texas, we will defend our right to free speech against West Coast social media oligarchs. Senate Bill 12 holds these Big Tech companies accountable, protects Texans against social or political viewpoint discrimination, and empowers those who are wrongly silenced to get back online.
We invited these companies to testify on the bill, but they decided not to show up. Instead, they have engaged in a dishonest and coordinated media campaign to confuse the issues and derail this bill. But the Texas Senate didn’t fall for it, and neither will the people of Texas.
I am thankful for the strong support of Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick, my House counterparts, and so many Texans who recognize the unprecedented power these companies have over public discourse. Their power has not been subject to constitutional safeguards, and free speech has suffered. Senate Bill 12 will serve as a safeguard for Texans and as a model for other states as they fight to safeguard free speech in America.”
Senate Bill 12 will now head to the Texas House of Representatives, where Representative Scott Sanford is sponsoring the legislation.
To see this bill in its entirety, please access the following link [LINK HERE]