All states with legislation in 2022


Alabama

HB 2

Expanded definition of “riot,” “incitement to riot,” and new penalties for protesters who block traffic [ICNL]

Status

Died when the legislature adjourned on 4/7/2022. Passed House on 2/22/2022.

Last updated on 13/04/2022

HB 21 & SB 17

New penalties for protests near gas and oil pipelines [ICNL]

Status

SB 17 was passed by both Senate and House, becoming Act 34 on 2/15/2022, and was sent to the governor for signature. HB 21 was postponed indefinitely on 2/10/2022.

Last updated on 04/04/2022

SB 3

Expanded definition of “riot,” “incitement to riot,” and new penalties for protesters who block traffic [ICNL]

Status

Died when the legislature adjourned on 4/7/2022. 

Last updated on 12/04/2022

Arizona

SB 1033

Enhanced penalties, new “mob intimidation” offense, and new liability for officials who restrain law enforcement [ICNL]

Status

Read second time on 1/11/2022, after referral to Senate Judiciary committee.

Sources

Last updated on 12/04/2022

Florida

HB 11 & SB 1872

New penalties for disrupting law enforcement [ICNL]

Status

HB 11 died in the Criminal Justice and Public Safety committee on 3/14/2022.

SB 1872 died in the Senate Judiciary committee on 3/14/2022

Legislative budget bills could potentially include similar language.

Lobbyists

Client Lobbyist Employer Testimony Position

American First Works

Kevin Marino Cabrera Mercury Public Affiars

Lobbying

Undisclosed

Orange County Sheriff

Christopher L. Carmody, Christopher T. Dawson, and Katie Flury GrayRobinson PA

Lobbying

Undisclosed

Americans for Prosperity

Lee J Dury and Phillip Suderman Americans for Prosperity

Lobbying

Undisclosed

Florida Police Benevolent Association

Matt C. Puckett Florida Police Benevolent Association

Lobbying

Undisclosed

Florida State Fraternal Order of Police

Lisa Henning Florida State Fraternal Order of Police

Lobbying

Undisclosed

Unified Sportsmen of Florida

Marion P. Hammer Unified Sportsmen of Florida

Lobbying

Undisclosed

National Rifle Association

Marion P. Hammer Unified Sportsmen of Florida

Lobbying

Undisclosed

Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Tabitha Gale Fazzino Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Lobbying

Undisclosed

City of Pembroke Pines (SB 1872)

Lawrence J. Smith Lawrence J. Smith, P.A.

Lobbying

Undisclosed

Sources

Last updated on 13/04/2022

HB 1435 & SB 1954

Charging protest organizers for the costs of responding to a protest [ICNL]

Status

HB 1435 is now law, it was signed by the governor on 5/26/2022.

SB 1954 was laid on table on 3/4/2022 as HB 1435 advanced.

Lobbyists

Client Lobbyist Employer Testimony Position

Florida League of Cities

Jeffrey Branch Florida League of Cities

Testimony

Support

Orange County Sheriff

Christopher L. Carmody, Christopher T. Dawson, Katie Flury, and Robert F. Stuart Jr. GrayRobinson PA

Lobbying

Undisclosed

City of Daytona Beach

Thomas C. Hobbs, Evan J. Power, and David E. Ramba Ramba Consulting Group LLC

Lobbying

Undisclosed

City of Pembroke Pines

Lawrence J. Smith Lawrence J. Smith, P.A.

Lobbying

Undisclosed

Sources

Last updated on 20/06/2022

HB 1571 & SB 1664

Prohibiting a person or persons from picketing or protesting before or about the residence or dwelling of any person with specified intent; providing criminal penalties, etc. [Legiscan]

Status

HB 1571 was signed into law by the Governor on 5/16/2022.

SB 1664 was laid on the table and replaced by HB 1571 on 3/4/2022.

Lobbyists

Client Lobbyist Employer Testimony Position

Orange County Sheriff

Christopher L. Carmody, Christopher T. Dawson, Katie Flury, and Robert F. Stuart, Jr. GrayRobinson PA

Lobbying

Support

Orange County Sheriff

John Mina Orange County Sheriff

Lobbying and Testimony

Support

Florida Smart Justice Alliance

Barney Biship Florida Smart Justice Alliance

Testimony

Support

NRA, Unified Sportsmen of Florida

Marion Hammer National Rifle Association

Lobbying

Undisclosed

Sources

Last updated on 18/05/2022

Georgia

HB 289

Ban on spontaneous protests, heightened protest penalties, and an affirmative defense for drivers who hit protestors. [ICNL see SB 171]

Status

Died when the legislature adjourned on 4/4/2022. Passed by the House in 2021. 

The original language in this bill was unrelated to protest. Toward the end of the 2021 legislative session, language from SB 171 was substituted for HB 289. SB 171 again became the favored bill again during the 2022 session.

Last updated on 13/04/2022

SB 171

Ban on spontaneous protests, heightened protest penalties, and an affirmative defense for drivers who hit protestors. [ICNL]

Status

Died in the House when the legislature adjourned on 4/4/2022, after the bill sponsor failed to attend a hearing scheduled for 3/24/2022. Passed the Senate on 3/15/2022.

Last updated on 12/04/2022

Illinois

SB 3814

Creates new felony offenses for trespass and tampering/damage onto “critical infrastructure” [ICNL]

Status

Filed, read, and referred to Senate Assignments committee on 1/21/22

Sources

Last updated on 12/04/2022

Kentucky

HB 396

Heightened penalties for “riot” offenses, blocking traffic, and disrupting public meetings [ICNL]

Status

Dead, expired at end of 2022 legislative session.

Last updated on 20/06/2022

SB 44

Heightened penalties for “riot” offenses and new legal justification for those who violently defend themselves or others during a “riot” [ICNL]

Status

Dead, expired at end of 2022 legislative session.

Last updated on 20/06/2022

Louisiana

HB 101

New legal justification for killing protesters [ICNL]

Status

Read and referred to the Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice on 3/14.

Last updated on 12/04/2022

Massachusetts

H 1586

New penalties for protests that block roads [ICNL]

Status

No movement in 2022, carried over from 2021. Bill was not discussed in Joint Committee on the Judiciary hearing on 7/27/2021.

Lobbyists

Client Lobbyist Employer Testimony Position

Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts

Craig Hardy Richard MacKinnon Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts

Lobbying

Support

Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts

William S Cabral Tenax Strategies, Inc

Lobbying

Support

Commonwealth Care Alliance

Claire Gilmore Daniel Cence Katrina Gaddis Boston Strategic Consulting, LLC

Lobbying

Neutral

Sources

Last updated on 12/04/2022

Mississippi

HB 24 & HB 613

New Penalties For Protestors Who Interfere With Traffic And A Legal Shield For Drivers And Others Who Injure Or Kill Protesters [ICNL]

Status

Both bills died in committee on 2/1/2022.

Last updated on 12/04/2022

Missouri

HB 1914

New penalties for protesters who block traffic [ICNL]

Status

Read second time on 1/6/2022.

Sources

Last updated on 12/04/2022

Nebraska

LB 111

Broad New Penalties For “Riot”-Related Offenses And Disruptive Protests [ICNL]

Status

Dead, expired at end of 2021-2022 legislative session.

Lobbyists

Client Lobbyist Employer Testimony Position

Lancaster County Department of Corrections

Brad Johnson

Testimony

Support

Lincoln Police & Fire Chaplain

Robin Calcara

Testimony

Support

Omaha Police Officers Association

Anthony Conner

Public statement

Support

Sources

Last updated on 20/06/2022

New Jersey

A 456 & S 84

Heightened Penalties For Blocking Traffic, Riot, Disorderly Conduct, And Related Offenses [ICNL]

Status

A 456 was introduced and referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee on 1/11/2022.

S 84 was introduced and referred to Senate Judiciary Committee on 1/11/2022.

Last updated on 20/06/2022

S 1206

Expanded “riot” definition, new penalties for “incitement to riot”, and new legal defense for people who hurt protesters (ICNL)

Status

Introduced and referred to Senate Judiciary Committee on 2/3/2022.

Last updated on 13/04/2022

Ohio

HB 109

Heightened penalties for blocking traffic and other conduct during protests, and new liability for organizations involved in protests [ICNL]

Status

First hearing in Senate Judiciary Committee took place on 4/5/2022 after passing the House on 2/16/2022.

Lobbyists

Client Lobbyist Employer Testimony Position

Attorney General’s Office

Andrew Hopkins Ohio Attorney General

Lobbying

Undisclosed

Ohio Department of Public Safety

Richard Fambro and Kevin D. Miller Ohio Department of Public Safety

Lobbying

Undisclosed

OCSEA AFSCME Local 11 (corrections officers union)

Timothy Roberts Ohio Civil Service Employees Association (OCSEA)

Lobbying

Undisclosed

Ohio Chief Probation Officers Association

Anthony Brigano and W. Zachary Holzapfel Hicks Partners

Lobbying

Undisclosed

Ohio Governor’s Office

Giles Allen and Dan McCarthy Ohio Governor's Office

Lobbying

Undisclosed

Police and Fire Retirees of Ohio

Greg Bennett, William L. Byers IV, Evelyn Kennedy, Andrew Minton, and Stephen Nielson Police and Fire Retirees of Ohio

Lobbying

Undisclosed

Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association

Robert A. Cornwell Buckeye State Sheriff's Association

Testimony

Support

Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio

Michael Weinman Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio

Testimony

Support

Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association

Steve Kelly Ohio Fire Chiefs' Association

Testimony

Support

Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association

Louis Tobin Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association

Testimony

Support

Sources

Last updated on 20/05/2022

HB 22

New Penalties For Protesters Who “Taunt” Police [ICNL]

Status

Passed by House on 6/25/2021. Referred to Senate Judiciary committee on 9/8/2021.

Lobbyists

Client Lobbyist Employer Testimony Position

Ohio State Bar Association

McKenzie K Davis The Success Group

Undisclosed

Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association

Thomas Book By the Book Advisors

Undisclosed

Ohio Municipal League

Edward L Albright Ohio Municipal League

Undisclosed

Attorney General’s Office

Andrew Hopkins, Michael Rodgers Ohio Attorney General's Office

Undisclosed

Police and Fire Retirees of Ohio, Inc

Greg Bennett, William L Byers, IV, Evelyn Kennedy, Andrew Minton, Stephen Nielson Byers, Minton and Associates

Undisclosed

Ohio Licensed Beverage Association

Andrew W Herf, Joseph Hollabaugh Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick

Undisclosed

Department of Public Safety

Kevin D Miller Undisclosed

Undisclosed

City of Columbus

Greg Bennett, William L Byers, IV, Evelyn Kennedy, Andrew Minton, Stephen Nielson, and Stephen Sayre Byers, Minton and Associates

Undisclosed

Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association

Louis Tobin, Steve C. Hall Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association

Support

Ohio State Highway Patrol

Richard Fambro Ohio State Highway Patrol

Support

Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association

McKenzie K Davis The Success Group

Undisclosed

Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association

Mike Simpson, Robert A Cornwell Buckeye State Sheriffs' Association

Support

Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio

Michael Weinman Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio

Support

Columbus Division of Police

Thomas A. Quinlan Columbus Division of Police

Support

Sources

Last updated on 18/05/2022

SB 16

New Penalties For Protesters Who Block Traffic, And For Protest Funders And Organizers [ICNL]

Status

Passed in Senate on 6/2/2021.

Third hearing in House Criminal Justice took place on 3/8/2022.

Lobbyists

Client Lobbyist Employer Testimony Position

Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association

Robert A Cornwell Buckeye State Sheriff's Association

Undisclosed

City of Columbus

Greg Bennett, William L Byers, IV, Evelyn Kennedy, Andrew Minton, Stephen Nielson, and Stephen Sayre

Undisclosed

City of Fairlawn

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Department of Public Safety

Kevin D Miller

Undisclosed

Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio

Michael S Weinman Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio

Support

Northern Ohio Fire Fighters

Sam Gmetro, Paul Kudlak and Christopher M Sinagra

Support

Ohio Ambulance and Medical Transportation Association

Pete De La Porte, Nathan Aichele and Lauren Huddleston

Support

Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police

Bruce Pijanowski, Abraham Jacob, Matthew G Kallner, and Hannah Yuhl

Support

Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters

James P Carney, Thomas A Rave, and Michael Taylor

Undisclosed

Ohio Casino Control Commission

Rick Anthony, McKinley E. Brown, William Cox, Jo Ann Davidson, Matthew Oyster, and Matthew Schuler

Undisclosed

Ohio Christian Alliance

Christopher R Long Ohio Christian Alliance

Support

Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association

James Price, Steve Agenbroad, Anne Beauch, Michelle M Fitzgibbon, and Robert Hakes

Support

Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association

Steve C. Hall and Louis Tobin

Support

Police and Fire Retirees of Ohio, Inc

Gary Monto, Greg Bennett, William L Byers, IV, Evelyn Kennedy, Andrew Minton, and Stephen Nielson

Support

Association of Professional Towers – Ohio (APTO)

Andrew W Herf and Joseph Hollabaugh

Undisclosed

Towing & Recovery Association of Ohio

Joseph Hollabaugh

Undisclosed

Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service of Ohio, Inc.

Bridget E McAuliffe, C David Paragas, and Kevin Stanek

Undisclosed

Bellefontaine Chief of Police

Brandon Standley Bellefontaine Chief of Police

Support

Ohio Municipal League

Kent Scarrett, Edward L Albright and Thomas Wetmore Ohio Municipal League

Support

Sources

Last updated on 14/04/2022

SB 41

Charging Protesters For The Cost Of Property Damage And The Cost Of Law Enforcement To Respond To A Protest [ICNL]

Status

Second hearing took place in Senate Judiciary committee on 3/2/2021.

Lobbyists

Client Lobbyist Employer Testimony Position

Ohio Association of Municipal Court Clerks

Adam Hewit Government Solutions Group

Undisclosed

Ohio Utilities Protection Service

Greg Bennett, William L Byers, IV, Andrew Minton, Stephen Nielson Byers, Minton and Associates

Undisclosed

Ohio Christian Alliance

Christopher R Long Ohio Christian Alliance

Undisclosed

Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters

James P Carney, Thomas A Rave, Michael Taylor Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters

Undisclosed

Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

Tyler Brown, Annette Chambers-Smith, Erin Froehlich, Stephen Gray, Joseph Gruber, Stuart Hudson, Cynthia Mausser, Ashley Parriman Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

Undisclosed

Department of Public Safety

Kevin D Miller Undisclosed

Undisclosed

City of Columbus

Greg Bennett, William L Byers, IV, Evelyn Kennedy, Andrew Minton, Stephen Nielson, and Stephen Sayre Byers, Minton and Associates

Undisclosed

Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association

Robert A Cornwell Buckeye State Sheriff's Association

Undisclosed

Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association

Steve C. Hall, Louis Tobin Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association

Support

Sources

Last updated on 18/05/2022

Oklahoma

HB 4191

This bill would amend the fossil fuel “critical infrastructure” anti-protest law passed in 2017 (HB 2128) adding loitering to offenses and courthouses & healthcare facilities to definitions of infrastructure.

Status

Passed and engrossed by House on 3/23/2022. Read and referred to Senate Public Safety committee on 3/29/2022.

Last updated on 12/04/2022

Wisconsin

AB 279

Broad new definition for a riot. [ICNL]

Status

Dead, replaced by SB 296. Governor Tony Evers vetoed SB 296 on March 31, 2022, after bill was approved by both Senate and House.

Lobbyists

Client Lobbyist Employer Testimony Position

Badger State Sheriff’s Association

Catherine McDermott

Support

Wisconsin Professional Police Association

Support

Wisconsin Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs Association

Catherine McDermott

Support

Sources

Last updated on 13/04/2022

SB 296

Broad new definition for a riot. [ICNL]

Status

Governor Tony Evers vetoed SB 296 on March 31, 2022, after bill was approved by both Senate and House.

See also AB 279.

Lobbyists

Client Lobbyist Employer Testimony Position

Badger State Sheriff’s Association

Catherine McDermott

Support

Wisconsin Professional Police Association

Support

Wisconsin Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs Association

Catherine McDermott

Support

Sources

Last updated on 13/04/2022