Senate Bill 211 is a direct attack on constitutionally protected speech and will stifle dissent. This bill was so extreme it garnered national media attention. This blatant attack on free speech failed, but we expect similar legislation to return next year.
SB211 is a direct response to the 2020 racial justice protests. It would stifle free speech by enhancing penalties for protest-related charges. It would also make it illegal to camp in public areas, directly targeting peaceful occupiers of Injustice Square in Louisville. This provision would inadvertently make it illegal for people without housing to camp – even if shelters are completely full – criminalizing some people's very existence. Lawmakers should be seeking more dialogue instead of attempting to silence the people they represent.
- Introduced: 2/9/21
- Passed Senate Committee: 3/4/21
- Passed Senate: 3/11/21 (Vote: 22-11)
- Accepted by House: 3/11/21
- Passed House Committee: N/A
- Passed House: N/A
- Delivered to Governor: N/A