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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: September 5, 2013 10:25 AM
From: Representative Ryan P. Aument
To: All House members
Subject: Disrupting Proceedings of House of Worship
In the near future, I will introduce legislation creating the offense of Disrupting Proceedings of House of Worship. The legislation is based upon the House of Worship Protection Law enacted in Missouri.

The legislation creates a new section in Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses). It provides that a person commits a misdemeanor of the third degree (maximum penalty one year imprisonment/$2,500 fine) if the person:

  1. Intentionally disturbs, interrupts, or disquiets a house of worship by using profane discourse, rude or indecent behavior, or by making unreasonable noise either within the house of worship or so near the house of worship so as to disturb the proceedings; or
  2. Intentionally injures, intimidates, or interferes with a person lawfully exercising the free exercise of religion inside or outside the house of worship, whether by force, threat, or physical obstruction.

Thank you for your consideration of this proposed legislation.

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Introduced as HB1768