Recently, the Idaho House Judiciary and Rules Committee passed HB 195, which prohibits “targeted picketing” at someone’s home.
The proposal comes from Rep. Greg Chaney (R-Caldwell) and Rep. Brooke Green (D-Boise). Both said that the bill is being proposed after several protests outside of elected officials and members of the district health board’s homes last year.
Chaney himself has had several protesters outside of his home in recent weeks.
Proponents of HB 195 have that someone’s home is a sacred place and protesting outside of a person’s home is a step too far. Opponents of HB 195 have said that it is a violation of someone’s 1st Amendment rights to protest on public property outside of someone’s home, such as a public sidewalk.
HB 195 was on the calendar for debate on Friday morning in the Idaho House but was pulled by Chaney and placed on “General Orders.”
Here is what Chaney said when he asked for unanimous consent that the bill be placed on General Orders:
We have found some language that would tighten the scope of what would be covered under the House Bill 195 that we believe will build a broader consensus for the legislation moving forward.
Chaney did not indicate what potential changes might be made to the proposal.
Under a unanimous request consent, every member of the legislative body must agree to what is being asked by a representative, or the request is denied. However, no one objected to Chaney’s request, and HB 195 was sent to General Orders.
Tags: 1st Amendment, Brooke Green, Greg Chaney, HB 195, Protesting, Targeted Picketing