This Article offers three recommendations for lawmakers attempting to restrict expression that is presumptively protected by the First Amendment. The proposals include: (1) embracing a ''prism of protection" through which all potential laws affecting expression are filtered prior to drafting; (2) mandating inclusion of sunset clauses in all statutes that may detrimentally impact free expression; and (3) adopting a comprehensive legislative oversight and review process for determining if an expired statute should be renewed, revised or abandoned. Although far from creating what Dean Roscoe Pound more than 100 years ago called a "science of legislation, " the proposals here nonetheless are designed both to improve legislative quality and to eliminate ineffective, obsolete or rarely used statutes.
Clay Calvert, Legislating the First Amendment: A Trio of Recommendations for Lawmakers Targeting Free Expression, 35 Cardozo Arts & Ent. L.J. 279 (2017)