B.J. Rudell CoastLine: Are Civil Discourse And Free Speech Mutually Exclusive? By Rachel Lewis Hilburn • Jul 21, 2017 White House Photograph Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library. North Carolina state legislators have passed House Bill 527 – also known as an Act to Restore and Preserve Free Speech on the Campuses of the Constituent Institutions of the University of North Carolina -- almost exactly along partisan lines. Sponsored by North Carolina State Representative Chris Millis, a Republican from Pender County, the bill now sits on Governor Roy Cooper’s desk.