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.”
Florida may outlaw protests outside of private residence under new proposal
— Florida Politics (@Fla_Pol) January 12, 2022