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Tennessee lawmakers aim to punish university for 'Sex Week' by cutting back public debate Published: March 12, 2014

A group of conservative Tennessee lawmakers plan to punish the state's flagship public university over a student-organized event in early March called "Sex Week" -- by dramatically cutting back its ability to host guest speakers, according to The Huffington Post.

State lawmakers are moving forward this week with a vote on legislation that would bar the University of Tennessee (UT) and other public institutions of higher education from using institutional revenue to "engage and pay visiting or guest speakers for events." Even commencement speakers who asked the school to cover travel and lodging costs or who sought a speaker fee would be eliminated. (The legislation would not prevent the hiring of guest faculty to conduct classes for which students receive credit.)

Another bill would require state colleges to distribute student fees to pay for guest speakers "proportionally based on membership" of the student groups inviting the speaker, The Huffington Post reports.

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