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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 30, 2018 02:16 PM
From: Senator Patrick J. Stefano
To: All Senate members
Subject: Prohibiting Protesting at Funerals
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation that will prohibit picketing and protesting at funerals in order to allow for peaceful and private mourning of the deceased.

During a funeral, which is often the height of the grieving period for family, is no time for political stunts or messaging such as protesting. I believe that this time period should be respected, and that the rights of families to privately mourn in peace should not be intruded on.

It is not, however, my intent to fully inhibit expressions of free speech of others. For this reason, my proposed legislation will prohibit protesting at a funeral beginning one (1) hour before the funeral, and through the funeral, as well as for up to one (1) hour from the commencement of the funeral.

It is my aspiration to introduce legislation which will protect the right to mourn in peace during funeral proceedings, while minimizing the suppression of the right to protest.

I sincerely hope that you will consider joining me in co-sponsoring this legislation. If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact Jake Gery in my office at 717.787.7175.

Introduced as SB1086