Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 578
Miscellaneous Offenses
Section 578.501

August 28, 2013


Funeral protests prohibited, when--citation of law--definitions.

578.501. 1. This section shall be known as "Spc. Edward Lee Myers' Law".

2. It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in picketing or other protest activities in front of or about any location at which a funeral is held, within one hour prior to the commencement of any funeral, and until one hour following the cessation of any funeral. Each day on which a violation occurs shall constitute a separate offense. Violation of this section is a class B misdemeanor, unless committed by a person who has previously pled guilty to or been found guilty of a violation of this section, in which case the violation is a class A misdemeanor.

3. For the purposes of this section, "funeral" means the ceremonies, processions and memorial services held in connection with the burial or cremation of the dead.

(L. 2006 S.B. 578, A.L. 2006 H.B. 1026)

Effective 2-23-06 (S.B. 578)

7-06-06 (H.B. 1026)

(2010) Section does not advance a significant government interest nor is it narrowly tailored to advance such interest, and thus it violates the free speech clause of the First Amendment. Phelps-Roper v. Koster, 734 F.Supp.2d 870 (W.D.Mo.); aff''d in part, Phelps-Roper v. Koster, 713 F.3d 942 (8th Cir.), 2013. See annotation under section 578.503.


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