JUNEAU -- The Alaska House has unanimously passed legislation that would criminalize picketing at funerals.
HB234 would consider disorderly conduct picketing "with reckless disregard" within 150 feet of a cemetery, church or other facility during a funeral or within 60 minutes before or after a funeral.
The bill is a response to the actions of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church, which frequently pickets funerals of military members in the Lower 48.
The bill, a priority of the Joint Veterans Caucus, passed 31-0 Tuesday. It now goes to the Senate.