The California Effect: How the Golden State is Driving the Progressive Agenda on Free Expression

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Since 2021, California's state legislature has introduced and successfully passed into law several first-of-their-kind policies that have shifted the landscape for free expression in the state – and even for the country at large. This report contains laws that PEN America heralds as exemplary models for promoting the equitable exercise of free expression, as well as those that we heavily critique for their language, scope, and requirements. What these policies, however, have in common is their undeniable reach: all of them have inspired or buttressed similar legislation in states around the country or at the federal level. The laws proposed and passed in California promise to have a major impact on the free expression rights of not just Californians, but all Americans.

The California Effect: How the Golden State is Driving the Progressive Agenda on Free Expression