Mo. House Endorses Funeral Protest Restrictions

7 years 9 months 1 week ago Tuesday, March 01 2011 Mar 1, 2011 Tuesday, March 01, 2011 10:35:14 AM CST March 01, 2011 in Continuous News
Source: Associated Press
By: Posted by: Rachel Rice

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri lawmakers are trying again to restrict protests at funerals after the state's previous ban was ruled unconstitutional. The legislation would bar protests within 500 feet of a cemetery, mortuary or church from two hours before a funeral to two hours after the ceremony. House members endorsed the bill Tuesday, and it needs another vote before moving to the Senate.

Missouri approved laws in 2006 restricting protests at funerals. Last August, a federal judge declared that those laws were unconstitutional.

Supporters of the most recent legislation say families should be allowed to mourn at funerals without disturbances. Critics raised concerns about restricting free speech rights.

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