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Monday, January 23, 2017

Bill would increase penalties for illegal protests

A bill introduced by Rep. Nick Zerwas would allow the government to attempt to recover the costs of emergency services for illegal protests.

Tad Vezner of the Saint Paul Pioneer Press:

Next week a House committee will hold a hearing on a third bill, authored by Rep. Nick Zerwas, R-Elk River, that would allow governmental “units,” such as cities or the state, to sue protesters for public safety costs spent on responding to them if they are convicted of unlawful assembly or committing a public nuisance.

The bills — and the obstruction bill, in particular — have raised concerns of civil rights advocates, who say they appear to be more about countering free speech than threats to safety.

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