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IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Mrs. Hawthorne (for herself and Mr. Diaz, with thanks to Mr. Banks) introduced the following bill

A BILL

To hold individuals convicted of Federal offenses during the course of protests financially liable for the cost of Federal policing, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the “Support Peaceful Protest Act”.

SEC. 2. ORDER OF RESTITUTION.

In the case of an individual convicted of a Federal offense related to the individual’s conduct at and during the course of a protest with respect to which a Federal law enforcement officer was engaged in policing activity, the court shall, in addition to the penalty for such conviction, order the individual to pay an order of restitution to the appropriate Federal law enforcement agency in an amount that is equal to the cost of such policing activity, as determined by the court.

SEC. 3. INELIGIBILITY FOR ENHANCED FEDERAL UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS.

An individual convicted of a Federal offense related to the individual’s conduct at and during the course of a protest, is ineligible for any Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation under section 2104 of the CARES Act (15 U.S.C. 9023) or any other Federal supplemental unemployment compensation during the COVID–19 public health emergency (as such term is defined in section 2102 of the CARES Act (15 U.S.C. 9021).

PES

This bill imposes additional penalties upon an individual who is convicted of a federal offense related to conduct during the course of a protest (e.g., rioting).

First, in addition to the penalty for the conviction, the individual must pay restitution to cover the cost of federal policing during the protest.

Second, the individual is ineligible for pandemic unemployment assistance.

Edited by Brady

Senator Holly Hawthorne (R-AK)

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