Bill toughening protester penalties heads to Dayton

By |2018-05-14T14:34:33-05:00May 14th, 2018|

A bill increasing fines and penalties for protesters who block freeways, transit lines and airports is headed for Gov. Mark Dayton's desk after clearing the Minnesota Legislature. The proposal passed the Republican-controlled Senate Monday. It would hit protesters with up to a year in jail and $3,000 if convicted of blocking traffic during protests. The effort to crack down on disruptive demonstrations started last year in response to months of protests over officer-involved shootings that clogged interstate traffic. Supporters say increasing penalties from a misdemeanor to a gross misdemeanor would improve public safety. The bill passed on a 40-27 vote over [...]