Gov. Evers plans to kill plan to punish free speech disrupters

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democratic Gov. Tony Evers plans to kill a contentious plan implementing punishments for disrupting free speech on University of Wisconsin System campuses.

The regents in 2017 adopted a policy declaring students who twice disrupt others' free speech would be suspended for at least a semester. The policy hasn't taken effect because system rules haven't been updated to include it.

The regents on Friday were poised to approve a scope statement outlining the changes. The move authorizes system staff to begin updating the rules to incorporate the policy.

The final language will be subject to Evers' approval. The governor was a regent in 2017 and cast the only dissenting vote against the discipline policy, saying it would have a chilling effect on free speech through protests. Evers' spokeswoman, Melissa Baldauff, says the governor will not approve the final rules if they get to his desk.