House of Worship Protection Act http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Which new Mo. laws take effect tomorrow? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/which-new-mo-laws-take-effect-tomorrow <P>Several new laws will take effect in Missouri tomorrow, including one that’s being challenged in federal&nbsp;court.</P> <P>The <A href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/bts_web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=1321951">House of Worship Protection Act</A> (SB 755) makes it a misdemeanor to use, quote, “profane discourse, rude or indecent behavior,” or make loud disruptive noises within or just outside a public or private building where a worship service is being held.&nbsp; The<A href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-mo-law-disturbing-worship-challenged-aclu-lawsuit"> ACLU is seek Mon, 27 Aug 2012 18:58:45 +0000 Marshall Griffin 4421 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Which new Mo. laws take effect tomorrow? New Mo. law on disturbing worship challenged with ACLU lawsuit http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-mo-law-disturbing-worship-challenged-aclu-lawsuit <p>A federal lawsuit is seeking to block<a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/intentionally-disturbing-worship-service-now-crime-mo-other-laws-signed"> a new Missouri law </a>making it a crime to disturb a worship service.</p><p>The lawsuit filed Wednesday by attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union claims the law is illegally vague and will infringe on free-speech rights guaranteed by the U.S. and Missouri constitutions.</p> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 22:50:07 +0000 The Associated Press 4383 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Mo. law on disturbing worship challenged with ACLU lawsuit Intentionally disturbing worship service now a crime in Mo., other laws signed http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/intentionally-disturbing-worship-service-now-crime-mo-other-laws-signed <p>Gov. Jay Nixon has signed into law more than two dozen bills covering a variety of topics, including disturbances of worship services, workers&#39; compensation and child care providers.</p><p>The governor&#39;s office announced the bill signings Tuesday. <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/bill-sent-gov-nixon-would-criminalize-disturbance-worship-services-mo">One measure</a> makes it a misdemeanor to intentionally disrupt or interrupt a worship service with profanity, noise or indecent behavior. Violators could face fines of up to $500 and six months in jail.</p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 19:19:26 +0000 The Associated Press 4091 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Intentionally disturbing worship service now a crime in Mo., other laws signed Bill sent to Gov. Nixon would criminalize disturbance of worship services in Mo. http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/bill-sent-gov-nixon-would-criminalize-disturbance-worship-services-mo <p>Among the 115 bills sent to<a href="http://gov.mo.gov/"> Governor Jay Nixon </a>(D)&nbsp;this year is one <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/bts_web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=1321951">that would make it a crime to deliberately disturb worship services in Missouri</a>.</p><p>The measure&nbsp;would make it a misdemeanor to use, &ldquo;profane discourse, rude or indecent behavior,&rdquo; or make loud disruptive noises within or just outside a public or private building where a worship service is being held.&nbsp;&nbsp;It was sponsored by<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem25.htm"> Senate President Pro-tem Rob Mayer </a>(R, Dexter).</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s important for citizens here in Missouri&nbsp;to have their First Amendment rights protected,&quot; Mayer said.&nbsp; &quot;There&nbsp;(have) been instances across the country where there have been actual disturbances in churches and synagogues.&rdquo; Wed, 30 May 2012 00:11:08 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3809 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Bill sent to Gov. Nixon would criminalize disturbance of worship services in Mo.