USA Today – Report: ‘Anti-protester’ bills gain traction in state legislatures
“Republican legislators in 20 U.S. statehouses have proposed — and six legislatures approved — new restrictions on the right to assemble and protest so far this year, according to a new report by the Democrat-aligned State Innovation Exchange.
“‘These bills would create a new set of crimes, significantly harsher penalties, and costly fines that could apply broadly to anyone — whether they are supporters of the president, members of the Tea Party, or just concerned parents speaking out at a school board meeting,’ according to an advance copy of the report. SiX works to advance progressive policies at the state level and calls the wave of bills a ‘new and disturbing trend.'”