Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: March 1, 2011
Sen. Josh Brecheen
Funeral picketing bill clears Senate
A measure to strengthen Oklahoma’s funeral picketing laws
was approved unanimously Tuesday. Senate Bill 406, by Sen. Josh
Brecheen, will help keep protesters away from funeral services for
a longer period of time as well as a further distance away from
“I find it hard to comprehend that we have such reprehensible
people who get pleasure out of mocking the deaths of others. It’s
shameful, but as Americans we all have our freedom of speech,”
said Brecheen, R-Coalgate. “My bill, however, will ensure
that families have more time to mourn without any outside interference.
It’ll also keep protesters further away from these services
so hopefully the families won’t have to pass or see the protesters
on their way to and from the funeral.”
Currently, protesters are banned from funerals for up to an hour
before and after a service. They also must stay at least 500 feet
from the service. SB 406 extends the time period to two hours before
and after and increases the distance to 1,000 feet.
During debate, Brecheen noted that his bill not only applies to
military funerals but all funeral services in the state.
Brecheen’s bill now moves to the House for further consideration.
For more information contact:
Sen. Brecheen: (405) 521-5586