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Vote no on H.R. 347, a chill and threat to legitimate political protest

Feb 28, 2012 Vote no on H.R. 347, a chill and threat to legitimate political protest

Sadly, another piece of anti-civil liberties legislation has gone below my radar before a favorable vote on it, even though my attention is not being diverted by the Oscars nor the Republican primary horserace.

Please urge your senators and President Obama to vote against H.R. 347, which is the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011, passed yesterday by an overwhelming House majority. If it becomes law, the bill will chill and trample on legitimate First Amendment-protected activity meant to voice opinions and seek redress of grievances.

At first blush, the bill seems only to limit protest activity in and near government buildings. However, the bill’s definitional sections makes clear that it also covers "grounds where the President or other person protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily visiting" and "a building or grounds so restricted in conjunction with an event designated as a special event of national significance."

Below is the text of the bill as passed by the House. Thanks to my fellow listserv member who alerted me to this bad bill.

H.R.347 — Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011 (Engrossed in House [Passed House] – EH)

HR 347 EH

112th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 347

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AN ACT

To correct and simplify the drafting of section 1752 (relating to restricted buildings or grounds) of title 18, United States Code.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011′.

SEC. 2. RESTRICTED BUILDING OR GROUNDS.

Section 1752 of title 18, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

`Sec. 1752. Restricted building or grounds

`(a) Whoever–

`(1) knowingly enters or remains in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority to do so;

`(2) knowingly, and with intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions, engages in disorderly or disruptive conduct in, or within such proximity to, any restricted building or grounds when, or so that, such conduct, in fact, impedes or disrupts the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions;

`(3) knowingly, and with the intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions, obstructs or impedes ingress or egress to or from any restricted building or grounds; or

`(4) knowingly engages in any act of physical violence against any person or property in any restricted building or grounds;

or attempts or conspires to do so, shall be punished as provided in subsection (b).

`(b) The punishment for a violation of subsection (a) is–

`(1) a fine under this title or imprisonment for not more than 10 years, or both, if–

`(A) any person, during and in relation to the offense, uses or carries a deadly or dangerous weapon or firearm; or

`(B) the offense results in significant bodily injury as defined by section 2118(e)(3); and

`(2) a fine under this title or imprisonment for not more than one year, or both, in any other case.

`(c) In this section–

`(1) the term `restricted buildings or grounds’ means any posted, cordoned off, or otherwise restricted area–

`(A) of the White House or its grounds, or the Vice President’s official residence or its grounds;

`(B) of a building or grounds where the President or other person protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily visiting; or

`(C) of a building or grounds so restricted in conjunction with an event designated as a special event of national significance; and

`(2) the term `other person protected by the Secret Service’ means any person whom the United States Secret Service is authorized to protect under section 3056 of this title when such person has not declined such protection.’.

Passed the House of Representatives February 28, 2011.

Attest:

Clerk.

112th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 347

AN ACT

To correct and simplify the drafting of section 1752 (relating to restricted buildings or grounds) of title 18, United States Code.

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