‘Targeted picketing’ bill prompts protest at lawmaker’s home
Opponents of the bill say it would violate their First Amendment right to free speech
Published: Feb. 18, 2021 at 4:38 PM MST
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho lawmaker who introduced a bill to prohibit targeted picketing outside officials’ homes found torch- and pitchfork-wielding protesters gathered outside his own house Wednesday night.
Rep. Greg Chaney, a Republican from Caldwell, posted about the demonstration at his home on social media accounts Thursday morning, calling it an intimidation tactic.
Chaney’s bill is co-sponsored with Rep. Brooke Green, a Democrat from Boise. It comes in response to targeted protests that occurred last year outside health officials’ homes by people angry about coronavirus-related orders.
Opponents of the bill say it would violate their First Amendment right to free speech.
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