Bill in response to groups like Westboro Baptist
In addition to several other bills on fracking and workers comp, the North Carolina Senate passed a funeral protest bill on Wednesday. From WRAL’s N.C. State Capitol Bureau:
Also Wednesday, the Senate passed a bill that would increase the penalties for those who protest and create disturbances at military funerals.
House Bill 19¬†was drawn up in response to groups such as the Westboro Baptist Church, which has often created disturbances at military funerals to promote an anti-gay message. The legislation expands the buffer areas around military funerals and makes second and third offenses a felony.
As it did in the House, the bill received unanimous approval in the Senate and was sent to Gov. Pat McCrory. His staff said Wednesday that he supports the measure.