US Protest Law Tracker
The US Protest Law Tracker, part of ICNL’s US Program, follows initiatives at the state and federal level since November 2016 that restrict the right to protest. For information about our methodology, click here.
31 states have
considered 64 bills
9 enacted 2 enacted with
improvements 8 pending 45 defeated or
Pending, defeated or expired initiatives
Legislation and executive orders
Latest updates: Oct. 29, 2018 (Pennsylvania), Aug. 22, 2018 (Virginia), Jul. 12, 2018 (US Federal)
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HB 94: Felony charges for disruptive protesters
Would make it a felony for a person to do something illegal to prevent "or attempt to prevent" a public speaking event. Accordingly, a protester who disrupts a public speech while committing another infraction (e.g. trespassing) could be charged with a Class B felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Critics argue that the bill provides for disproportionately harsh penalties, and that its broad language would enable authorities to enforce it selectively. (See full text of bill here)
Status: defeated / expired
Introduced 9 Jan 2018.
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