Alabama Senate Approves Protest Bill

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Alabama Senate has given final approval to a bill that will prohibit protesters from getting
within 1,000 feet of funerals for fallen soldiers or other victims.

The Senate voted 33-0 Wednesday for the bill by Republican Rep. DuWayne Bridges of Valley, a former U.S. Marine and a Vietnam veteran. It now goes to Gov. Robert Bentley for his review.

The bill calls for a violator to be sentenced to up to a year in jail for the first offense.

Bridges said he proposed the law because members of a Kansas church have protested at funerals for soldiers and for victims of highly publicized accidents and crimes.

House Speaker Mike Hubbard said the bill protects the free speech rights of protesters while allowing families of victims their privacy.

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  • by bearhunter on May 5, 2012 at 10:30 PM
    amen peabody, for the sake of all thats good i hope you are to, and like wise for me.
  • by Peabody Location: Valley Road on May 5, 2012 at 04:38 PM
    Sad to say but in todays time anyone hurting these fools would be charged with a hate crime. If these fools try thier protest around here I hope that if I'm not on trial that I'm on the jury.
  • by cw on May 5, 2012 at 06:13 AM
    seems like alabama is passing a new law or amendment every day this year.
  • by bearhunter on May 4, 2012 at 02:48 PM
    I've seen the display of that Kansas based church on the news several times and the solution is not 1000 ft buffers. Their freedom of speech should be met with freedom of expression by the families, friends and all others at the funeral or in the town they show up in. Police should turn a blind eye at let the people handle it.
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