The Senate continued hearings Monday on a bill that would increase penalties for protestors blocking streets. Sen. Bill Eigel sponsored the bill and argued that it should be put in place to protect people’s safety. However, opponents argued it stifled first amendment rights and that it would infringe on the ability to protest. Eigel proposed a compromise that would allow protesters to block the street if they got a permit, but Senator Karla May objected.
Other opponents argued that the bill protects people in power and causes more harm for people who have been hurt.
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