funeral protests

Missouri 2014 Legislative Session
8:18 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Nixon Signs Bill Revamping Missouri's Funeral Protest Law

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed several bills passed during the 2014 regular session into law Friday.

Tweak to funeral protest law

First, Nixon signed  House Bill 1372, which fixes a legal issue with Missouri's ban on protests at funerals.

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Protest law
12:57 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Court Upholds Version Of Mo. Funeral Protest Law

A federal appeals court has ruled that with changes, Missouri's ban on protests at funerals does not violate the Westboro Baptist Church's right to free speech.
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A federal appeals court has ruled that with some changes, a version of a Missouri law restricting protests near funerals does not violate a Kansas-based group's right to free speech.

Here's the quick version of today's ruling:

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St. Louis County
11:55 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Ballwin Adopts Limits On Funeral Protests

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Another Missouri town has adopted an ordinance placing limits on funeral protests. 

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that aldermen in Ballwin on Monday approved a law prohibiting picketing or engaging in other protest activities within 300 feet of a funeral or burial service. Manchester, Clayton and several other cities have adopted similar ordinances in recent months.

The laws are in response to groups like Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., which often protests at the funerals of soldiers.

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funeral protest ban
4:55 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Court to review decision in funeral protest ban

Shirley Phelps-Roper, a member of Westboro Baptist Church, during a protest.
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A federal appeals court will take reconsider whether a Missouri town can enforce an ordinance banning peaceful funeral protests.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the entire 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis agreed Wednesday to review an earlier ruling by a three-judge panel of the court.

The panel ruled in October that the First Amendment's right to free speech protects peaceful funeral protests.

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Funeral protest ban
3:14 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Appeals court strikes down Manchester funeral protest ban

Shirley Phelps-Roper, a member of Westboro Baptist Church, during a protest. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a district court ruling in favor of members of the church.
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A federal appeals court has ruled against a Missouri town's funeral protest ordinance, saying peaceful picketing is protected by the right to free speech under the First Amendment.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a district court ruling in favor of members of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan.

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MO Statehouse
7:23 pm
Thu March 3, 2011

Mo. House passes funeral protest bill

Missouri Capitol
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House has passed legislation to limit where and when funeral protesters can demonstrate.

The action comes despite this week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that threw out a lawsuit against a fundamentalist church that holds protests at military funerals.

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Morning round-up
9:25 am
Wed March 2, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, March 2, 2011

According to the St. Louis Business Journal, Peabody Energy is expected to announce that it will keep its headquarters in downtown St. Louis. (SLPRnews)
  • Missouri House members have voted to cap the state's minimum wage at the federal rate. The legislation would essentially overturn a 2006 voter-approved law that lets Missouri's minimum wage rise above the federal level based on annual inflation. Proponents contend capping the minimum wage would help small business. They also say it could be difficult for Missouri businesses to compete if the state's minimum wage is higher than those of neighboring states. Critics defend Missouri's existing law and say legislators should not overrule a measure approved by the voters.
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