California lawmakers will hold a series of hearings next month to assess the rise of white supremacy in the state and to determine if there are any laws needed to help control violent outbreaks at public rallies. State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, called for the hearings Monday as lawmakers returned to the state Capitol after a monthlong recess. He said University of California and California State University officials will be asked to testify at the hearings about how they are handling requests to have neo-Nazi and far-right groups or speakers appear for events on campus.
UC Berkeley has become a target of far-right speakers looking to challenge the liberal campus that gave birth to the Free Speech Movement in the 1960s. Former Breitbart News editor Ben Shapiro is scheduled to speak on campus Sept. 14, and right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos has pledged to return to UC Berkeley after a fiery and violent protest shut down his planned appearance in February.
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