Carroll: It’s tempting to dismiss Colorado Sen. Kerry Donovan’s bill attacking free speech as fringe. But it’s bigger than that.

The Denver Post: In 40 years of following the Colorado legislature as a journalist, I’ve seen many attempts — occasionally successful — to curtail free speech in the name of an alleged greater good.

There have been bills to restrict the rights of certain protesters; to obstruct citizens from spending their own money to leaflet neighborhoods on behalf of a political cause; to protect fruits and vegetables from “disparagement;” to sabotage our right to collect signatures for ballot initiatives, and so forth.

Suffice it to say, however, I don’t recall ever seeing such a bold, comprehensive attempt at government speech control as the project outlined in Senate Bill 132 by Democratic Sen. Kerry Donovan of Vail to regulate digital communications.

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