578.502. 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 within three hundred feet 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 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 H.B. 1026)
Contingent effective date, see § 578.503
(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.).
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