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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 10, 2019 02:42 PM
From: Representative Marcy Toepel
To: All House members
Subject: Funeral Protest Legislation
I will be re-introducing funeral protest legislation (previously HB 717). Families and loved ones, already dealing with the tragedy of losing someone close to them, should not have to endure further grief and discomfort from those whom do not respect a funeral’s place and role as a time when individuals should be able to pay their last respects in peace.

This is why I believe that current law must be strengthened in order to protect the families and loved ones suffering through a grieving process. Under current law, individuals commit a third degree misdemeanor if they engage in demonstration activities within 500 feet of any cemetery, mortuary, church or other location being utilized for the purposes of a commemorative service within one hour prior to, during and one hour following the commemorative service.

My legislation will increase the grading of a violation of this statute from a third degree misdemeanor to a second degree misdemeanor.

Introduced as HB805