Gov. Doug Ducey signs bill inspired by Trump protest

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a measure that increases penalties for people who block access to political campaign events.

Protesters who blocked the roads before a March rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump inspired state lawmakers to update the law.

The measure increases penalties for blocking traffic from a Class 3 to a Class 1 misdemeanor if the person intentionally blocks access to a political campaign event or a government meeting or hearing.

The bill and another alongside it that Ducey signed Monday also prevent colleges and universities from restricting free speech in a public forum and lay out guidelines for when limitations are acceptable.

Ducey said in a statement that the measures allow for a diversity of opinions to flourish at colleges.