Idaho bill to outlaw demonstrating at private homes advances

Published: Feb. 22, 2021 at 2:00 PM MST
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation to make illegal demonstrating at private residences is headed to the full House.

A House committee on Friday voted 11-4 to approve the measure backers say is needed to prevent mobs from intimidating and terrorizing families in their homes.

Idaho in the last year has experienced high-profile demonstrations at various officials’ homes spurred by frustration with restrictions on gatherings or mask-wearing mandates to slow infections and deaths because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Backers say allowing the demonstrations will cause people to avoid public service or joining police agencies, as at least one officer’s home was targeted.

Those opposed say the proposed law is an infringement of free speech rights.

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