- Associated Press - Monday, May 16, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a measure that increases penalties for people who block access to political campaign events.

Protesters who blocked the roads before a March rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump inspired state lawmakers to update the law.

The measure increases penalties for blocking traffic from a Class 3 to a Class 1 misdemeanor if the person intentionally blocks access to a political campaign event or a government meeting or hearing.

The bill and another alongside it that Ducey signed Monday also prevent colleges and universities from restricting free speech in a public forum and lay out guidelines for when limitations are acceptable.

Ducey said in a statement that the measures allow for a diversity of opinions to flourish at colleges.


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