House approves legislation prohibiting picketing at funerals

Associated PressMarch 6, 2012 

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.

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