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Go to jail for not being nice

Senate Bill Number: 

Senate Bill 211 would have made a person guilty of a crime if they "accosts, insults, taunts, or challenges a law enforcement officer with offensive or derisive words, or by gestures or other physical contact, that would have a direct tendency to provoke a violent response from the perspective of a reasonable and prudent person."

Importantly, SB 211 made it a crime (a Class B misdemeanor with a penalty of up to 90 days' imprisonment) to insult a police officer at a protest, giving excessive discretion to the officer and the judicial system to decide what is an insult, what is a protest, and who is "a reasonable and prudent person."

Many legal scholars believe the law would have been unconstitutional.

Anti-camping sections in the original bill could have been used to target homeless communities.

Read The Courier-Journal article about the bill here.

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Bill Sponsor(s): 
Sens. Danny Carroll, Michael Nemes

SB 211 was approoved by the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee on March 4, and by the full Senate, 22-11, on March 11. It was not given a heraring or vote in the House.

See how senators voted.

KFTC's Position: 
KFTC Opposes