Republicans Pose Laws Cracking Down on Lawful Protests

These are particularly cowardly pieces of legislation, which one hopes courts will quickly invalidate if they ever make it into law. And let's not forget similarly heroic efforts here in MA. - promoted by david

From CNN. These are the sort of officials we need to highlight, and run against. I’m going to guess that Rep. Keith Kempenich has a pretty safe seat, but it would still be useful to challenge him.

Lawmakers in that state are set to vote Friday on a bill that would legalize accidentally running over protesters in the road, one of several new measures across the country that aim to discourage disruptive protests.

Rep. Keith Kempenich introduced the North Dakota bill, which states that if a driver “unintentionally” causes injury or death to someone blocking traffic on a roadway, then the driver will not be liable for damages.

Kempenich said he was spurred to act after Dakota Access Pipeline protesters last year moved to block public roadways, scaring some of his constituents.

Wait, there’s more.

But roadway protests are a hot topic in Minnesota, too.

There, a Republican-led House committee passed a measure Tuesday that would allow local governments to sue criminally convicted protesters for law enforcement costs.

These are attacks on our most fundamental rights, and (unless they pass) they will be long forgotten when these guys come up for reelection next year. We need to challenge them — even if we lose, the message we send (“We’re fighting for your rights”) is a good one.


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  2. North Dakota leaves me confused

    What happens now? Whats the standard if I’m driving down the road at speed limit, come around a corner, and hit a person standing on the road?

    Either (a) the proposal is redundant, or (b) it lowers the threshold to something like castle doctrine on steroids… allowing annoyed motorists to bag protesters for points as long as it is “unintentional.”

    What gives?

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