SB 755 Enacts the "House of Worship Protection Act"
Sponsor: Mayer
LR Number: 5566S.03T Fiscal Note available
Committee: Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence
Last Action: 7/10/2012 - Signed by Governor Journal Page:
Title: SS SCS SB 755 Calendar Position:
Effective Date: August 28, 2012
House Handler: Cookson

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Current Bill Summary

SS/SCS/SB 755 - Under this act, a person commits the crime of disturbing a house of worship if such person intentionally and unreasonably disturbs a building used for religious purposes by using profanity, rude or indecent behavior, or making noise. A person commits the crime if they engage in such behavior within the house of worship or so close to the building that the services are disturbed.

A person also commits the crime if he or she intentionally injures, intimidates, or interferes with any person exercising the right to religious freedom or who is seeking access to a house of worship.

A first offense is a Class B misdemeanor, a second is a Class A misdemeanor, and a third or subsequent offense is a Class D felony.