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Tennessee law penalizes protesters who camp on state property with felony and loss of voting rights

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Tennessee voting rights law: Governor signs bill penalizing some protesters with felony and loss of voting rights - CNNPolitics

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed legislation on Thursday that will increase penalties for individuals caught camping on state property.

Bill HB 8005 increases the punishment for camping on state property from a misdemeanor to a class E felony that is punishable by up to six years in prison.

Signing of the bill comes as protesters have been camping outside the Tennessee Capitol in Nashville, demanding a meeting with the Republican governor to discuss racial inequality and police brutality since June, according to the Washington Post. Protesters are also asking for the removal of a Nathan Bedford Forrest bust at the State Capitol. Forrest was a slave trader and early Ku Klux Klan leader.

Campers would first be given a warning and those who refuse to leave would then be charged with a felony. Notably, convicted felons in Tennessee lose their right to vote, which could be a major blow to protesters amid a high-stakes election year.

Tennessee Law Could Strip Protesters of Voting Rights | Law & Crime

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) on Thursday signed a controversial law the will significantly increase penalties for protesters–including depriving them of their right to vote–for participating in certain kinds of demonstrations, the Associated Press reported Friday.

The state’s Republican-controlled General Assembly last week called a three-day special legislative session during which the bill was passed and signed into law without an accompanying announcement or press release.

Under the new law, persons charged with illegally camping on state property–a charge that used to be a misdemeanor—will now face a Class E felony and up to six years in prison.

Folks, this is what fascism looks like...

In this one bill, Tennessee Republicans have violated the first, fifth, fourteenth, & fifteenth Amendments.

Why do Republicans and Trump supporters hate democracy?

Why do Republicans and Trump supporters hate the Constitution?
 

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Tennessee voting rights law: Governor signs bill penalizing some protesters with felony and loss of voting rights - CNNPolitics



Tennessee Law Could Strip Protesters of Voting Rights | Law & Crime



Folks, this is what fascism looks like...

In this one bill, Tennessee Republicans have violated the first, fifth, fourteenth, & fifteenth Amendments.

Why do Republicans and Trump supporters hate democracy?

Why do Republicans and Trump supporters hate the Constitution?

Hopefully It's too late to convict before the election.
Or do you lose the right to vote by being in jail awaiting trial on a felony charge?
 

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Tennessee voting rights law: Governor signs bill penalizing some protesters with felony and loss of voting rights - CNNPolitics



Tennessee Law Could Strip Protesters of Voting Rights | Law & Crime



Folks, this is what fascism looks like...

In this one bill, Tennessee Republicans have violated the first, fifth, fourteenth, & fifteenth Amendments.

Why do Republicans and Trump supporters hate democracy?

Why do Republicans and Trump supporters hate the Constitution?

They haven't violated a single aspect of the Constitution. If the prior law was legal then this law is legal as well BTW.
 

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Tennessee voting rights law: Governor signs bill penalizing some protesters with felony and loss of voting rights - CNNPolitics



Tennessee Law Could Strip Protesters of Voting Rights | Law & Crime



Folks, this is what fascism looks like...

In this one bill, Tennessee Republicans have violated the first, fifth, fourteenth, & fifteenth Amendments.

Why do Republicans and Trump supporters hate democracy?

Why do Republicans and Trump supporters hate the Constitution?

Is it a hate of democracy or a leader enforcing limitations so it doesn't end up like Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis, Chicago, New York City and many of the other Democrat lead states and metropolitan areas which have quickly evolved into a quagmire of chaos and leaderless vicinities?
 

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They haven't violated a single aspect of the Constitution. If the prior law was legal then this law is legal as well BTW.

So how does one justify changing a law that was deemed to be a misdomenor to a felony? Somehow I believe this law is not going to stand for long once the courts hear the arguments.
 

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Is it a hate of democracy or a leader enforcing limitations so it doesn't end up like Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis, Chicago, New York City and many of the other Democrat lead states and metropolitan areas which have quickly evolved into a quagmire of chaos and leaderless vicinities?

Under the circumstances of your hypothetical, law enforcement in Tennessee would just as easily be able to maintain peace if the crime in question remained a misdemeanor. It's an overreaction intended to suppress dissent.
 

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Under the circumstances of your hypothetical, law enforcement in Tennessee would just as easily be able to maintain peace if the crime in question remained a misdemeanor. It's an overreaction intended to suppress dissent.

There is already legislation in place to charge violators with misdemeanors for camping on state property and violators don't really seem to care. It discourages individuals from camping on state property, it requires a minimum 45 day hold if one is convicted of rioting, requires restitution for damaging state property and increases fines for obstructing emergency vehicles. Why would Tennessee want to become the next ****hole like Portland or Seattle? Kudos for enacting leadership unlike many Democrat led municipalities.
 

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Next week, Republicans will be calling for a return to the Sedition Acts. They make simply being a Leftist an illegal act.
 
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