AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a bill he says will protect free speech on college campuses.

  • Lets students assemble without a permit
  • Also allows for distribution of material
  • Critics say it gives platform for hate speech

In a video posted on Twitter Sunday, Abbott said it would let students assemble or distribute written material without a permit or other permission from universities.

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It also would penalize students, organizations or faculty who "unduly interfere with the expressive activities of others on campus." The bill protects student organizations from being denied university services based on the organization’s viewpoint.

Critics argue the legislation gives a platform for extremism and hate speech.

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