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TORRANCE DAILY BREEZE: Lieu bill banning protester disruption of funeral services passes Assembly committee
June 20, 2012
The state Assembly's Committee on Public Safety on Tuesday approved a measure that would make it illegal for protesters to disrupt funeral services.
Senate Bill 661, authored by state Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Redondo Beach, also would make it illegal for demonstrators to gather within 500 feet of a funeral.
If the measure is signed by the governor, violators could face fines up to $1,000, six months in county jail or both.
SB 661 was approved by the state Senate in January and now heads to the Assembly's Appropriations Committee for consideration.
Lieu introduced a similar bill last year that would have provided a 1,000-foot buffer zone between protesters and funeral services.
While that measure was supported in the Legislature, it was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown because of possible constitutional questions.
"This is a time, place and manner restriction," Lieu said. "Senate Bill 661 does not restrict the content of speech. It merely helps protect the sanctity of a memorial service."