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‘Targeted picketing’ bill prompts protest at lawmaker’s home

Rep. Greg Chaney, a Republican from Caldwell, posted about the demonstration at his home2
Rep. Greg Chaney
Rep. Greg Chaney, a Republican from Caldwell, posted about the demonstration at his home3
Rep. Greg Chaney
Rep. Greg Chaney, a Republican from Caldwell, posted about the demonstration at his home1
Rep. Greg Chaney

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho lawmaker who introduced a bill to prohibit targeted picketing outside officials' homes found torch- and pitchfork-wielding protesters gathered outside his own house Wednesday night.

Rep. Greg Chaney, a Republican from Caldwell, posted about the demonstration at his home on social media accounts Thursday morning, calling it an "intimidation tactic."

Chaney's bill, co-sponsored with Rep. Brooke Green, a Democrat from Boise, comes in response to targeted protests that occurred last year over a regional public health agency's coronavirus orders. One such protest forced a health board member to rush home in tears after learning that protesters were blasting recordings of gunfire, shouting and blowing horns outside her house while her son was home alone.

"Intimidation isn't a form of democratic expression; it's mob rule," Chaney said when the bill was introduced earlier this week. "If you want to demonstrate, that's fine - that's American - but showing up in front of someone's house to show them and their family they aren't safe, crosses a major boundary."

On Thursday Chaney wrote that about 15 protesters had gathered outside his home the night before, some carrying pitchforks and torches. The group also left a stuffed animal with a "Chaney" T-shirt hung in effigy outside the home.

Chaney said one of his daughters asked, "Why do they want to kill dad?"

"They say they do this because they aren't heard," he wrote on Twitter, "but we'd just spent hours hearing them in committee and they still showed up where my wife and kids were."

If approved, the bill would bar anyone from picketing outside someone's residence with an intent to "harass, annoy or alarm" another person, punishable by a misdemeanor. Opponents of the bill say it would violate their First Amendment rights. A hearing on the issue drew a crowd of protesters at the Statehouse on Wednesday.

The House Judiciary and Rules committee is expected to vote on the legislation Friday.

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  1. They proved the point as to why this needs to be illegal. First, they intimidated a family including a small girl, second they disturbed neighbors who had nothing to do with their protest, and third, they technically violated trespassing laws by going onto his porch in a protest and that includes the private property up to the porch.
    You have a right to protest; however, the old saying is you have a right but that right ends when your fist touches my nose.

    So take the protests to work places not to someone’s front door and especially stay off their private property cause another right might step in and that is the right to defend yourself.

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