Florida GOP Bill Would Ban Protests At Private Homes

Florida Politics reports:

Republican Rep. Randy Maggard is sponsoring a bill that would outlaw protests outside of a person’s home. The measure (HB 1571) would penalize violators, classifying a first offense as a non-criminal violation and a second offense as a second degree misdemeanor. A first-time violator, the bill says, faces 16 hours of community service or a $25 fine. Two-time offenders, meanwhile, may face up to 60 days in jail, a $500 fine and six months probation — per the statutory penalties listed in state law.

In light of what will likely amount to a First Amendment debate, the measure cites a 1988 Supreme Court case that involved two anti-abortion advocates leading others to protest outside of a Wisconsin doctor’s home. The case — Frisby v. Schultz — led justices to side with the city of Brookfield, saying the government is within its right to prohibit protests outside of a person’s home.

Read the full article. Per Maggard’s campaign materials, along with the usual right wing tropes, he “stands with President Trump.”