US Protest Law Tracker
The US Protest Law Tracker, part of ICNL's US Program, follows initiatives at the state and federal level since January 2017 that restrict the right to peaceful assembly. For more information and an analysis of this data, click here. For information about our methodology, click here.
45 states have
considered 257 bills
39 enacted 13 pending
Pending, defeated or expired initiatives
Latest updates: Feb. 6, 2023 (Utah), Feb. 3, 2023 (North Carolina), Jan. 30, 2023 (Minnesota)
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HB 6455: New penalty for protests that disturb the legislature
Would make it a Class D felony, punishable by at least one and up to 5 years in prison a $5,000 fine, to disrupt, disturb, or interfere with any proceeding of the General Assembly by making unreasonable noise, performing an act that disturbs or disrupts the proceeding, refusing to comply with an order of the police, or engaging in violent, tumultuous, or threatening behavior or language. (See full text of bill here)
Status: defeated / expired
Introduced 11 Feb 2021.
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