Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 578
Miscellaneous Offenses
Section 578.502

August 28, 2013

Funeral protests prohibited, when--funeral defined.

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

(2013) Inclusion of processions into the definition of "funeral" makes the section substantially broader than necessary to achieve the government''s interest and is severable; the remaining provisions are narrowly tailored time, place, and manner restrictions. Phelps-Roper v. Koster, 713 S.W.3d 942 (8th Cir.)(reversing and remanding to district court).

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