Arizona bill on protests, riots and racketeering: What you need to know
As Arizonans protest the actions of President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress, the Republican-led state Legislature is advancing a bill that could silence future protests before they ever happen — and financially punish the organizers.
Bill supporters cited “paid protesters” who intentionally start riots as the reason for the need for the bill. Some allegations of paid protesters during the presidential campaign have been debunked. Some Republican members of Congress also recently have alleged that protesters at recent town hall meetings have been paid.
The Senate passed Senate Bill 1142 along party lines this week amid heated debate, with Republican supporters arguing the bill is needed to prevent paid protesters from intentionally causing riots and Democratic opponents saying it will have a chilling effect on free speech………