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California Holocaust Denial Speech Restrictions Initiative

speechNotice the strawman addition of the Armenians and Ukrainians to disguise the main agenda here.

THE Holocaust Denial Speech Restrictions Initiative (#15-0073) is an initiated state statute proposed for the California ballot on November 8, 2016.

The measure would prohibit any speech that claims Jewish, Armenian or Ukrainian Holocausts did not exist in any state-funded school, museum or educational institution. It would also prohibit Holocaust denial organizations from distributing information or conducting activities at these state-funded locations.

The official ballot title is:

“Speech. Holocaust Denial Restrictions. Initiative Statute.”

Ballot summary:

The official ballot summary is:

Restricts speech that lobbies against the recognition of the Jewish, Armenian, or Ukrainian Holocausts at any school, educational institution, or museum that receives state funds. Prevents Holocaust denial organizations, as defined, from disseminating information and conducting activities on the premises of these institutions, or involving the employees, clients, or students of these institutions. Permits injunctive relief and damages against the Holocaust denial organizations that commit violations.

Full text

The full text of the measure can be found here.

Fiscal impact

(Note: The fiscal impact statement for a California ballot initiative authorized for circulation is jointly prepared by the state’s Legislative Analyst and its Director of Finance.) The statement reads:

Given its restraint on free speech, a court may find this measure unconstitutional. If so, it would have no fiscal effect. If the measure could be implemented legally, the annual cost to state-funded educational institutions is unlikely to be significant statewide, but the cost for a particular local government in a particular year might be significant if it is sued and found to have violated the provisions of the measure.

Path to the ballot

  • Gregory Foulkes submitted a letter requesting a title and summary on October 1, 2015.
  • A title and summary were issued by the Attorney General of California’s office on December 7, 2015.
  • 365,880 valid signatures are required for qualification purposes.
  • Supporters have until June 6, 2016, to collect the required signatures.

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Source: Ballotpedia

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1 Comment

  1. Jay
    January 6, 2016 at 6:02 pm — Reply

    How are they going to enforce this in a country like the U.S., with its first Amendment?

    NO law, federal or other wise, can override the right of the people to free speech in part or in whole.

    This is not a debate this is the LAW.

    The state of California’s law is illegal and invalid.

    SUE SUE SUE SUE, drag them in to court and at the same time have protesters out side yelling on blow horns what ever they say can’t be said, say it.

    This will not work in the U.S., because as soon as the general public realizes what CA has done they will force the federal courts to hear it and then strike it down.

    The only way they can keep this on the books is to not enforce it, since as soon as they do it will go to the highest court in the land.

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