Bill Bans Protesters at Funerals

Governor Bobby Jindal is proposing a new law that is aimed at protecting veteran's funerals from protestors.  Under the proposal; the law that would ban protesters from within 500 feet of a funeral service and within 300 feet of access routes to funeral service areas.  

The buffer zone would be effective from two hours before the service and two hours after the service.  Those who choose to disrupt the services will face fines from 100 to 500 dollars.  

The proposal comes after last year's Supreme Court decision in Snyder v. Phelps. The high court decided that in the interest of free speech, protestors cannot be sued.  

Since this opinion, many other states have enacted legislation to create buffer zones around funerals or memorial services.

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