Legislation to ensure students can engage in political activity clears House

Legislation that will ensure students in Mississippi are free to engage in political activity cleared the House of Representatives today.

House Bill 1416, sponsored by Rep. Kent McCarty, is known as the Student Protected Equal Access Rights Act.

The bill would allow for Students to organize partisan or nonpartisan political groups, political clubs, political rallies, or other politically themed gatherings before, during and after school to the same extent that students are permitted to organize other noncurricular student activities and groups.

Essentially, schools would not be able to discriminate against a group based on their political content. You would not be able to say a group affiliated with one party, or one cause, can do something, but the others cannot.