ICNL’s US Protest Law Tracker has now marked the 100th anti-protest bill introduced since 2016


5 June, 2019

ICNL’s US Protest Law Tracker has now marked the 100th anti-protest bill introduced since 2016. The 100th entry, a far-reaching federal proposal, mimics laws introduced in numerous states that would limit individuals’ ability to protest around gas and oil pipelines. The proposed provision would impose fines and up to 20 years in prison for those found guilty of “vandalism, tampering with, or impeding, disrupting or inhibiting the operation of" either existing pipelines or those "under construction.”

As ICNL Legal Advisor Elly Page explains, “The federal proposal is one of nearly two-dozen introduced or enacted in the past two years that have targeted protests in opposition to pipelines. These bills create vague new offenses, with language that can be broadly construed to cover peaceful protest activity, and pair them with harsh civil and criminal penalties that will discourage individuals from exercising their rights. Moreover, the anti-pipeline protest bills represent just a fraction of anti-protest initiatives that have emerged since 2016. Taken together, they threaten to chill freedoms of assembly and speech, and narrow the space for dissent in the U.S.”

Read the full article for more: https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/03/trump-administration-seeks-criminal-crackdown-on-pipeline-protests-1499008