• Oklahoma bill would require $50,000 bond for large groups protesting at state Capitol

    By: Josh Gammon

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    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - State Sen. Mark Allen, (R-District 4), introduced a bill to the Oklahoma Senate this week that would make it difficult for any large group to protest outside the Capitol building.

    Senate Bill 592 would require any organized protest of 100 or more people at the state Capitol building to pay $50,000 to the Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority.

    MORE: Read the full text of the bill

    The bill states that the money would “offset the cost of additional security, clean up and repairs.”

    The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma responded to the proposed bill Friday:

    “We can read between the lines. This direct assault on the rights of Oklahomans is a result of Oklahoma educators raising their collective voice in protest in 2018. Trying to silence the people of Oklahoma like this is not only bad policy, it’s unconstitutional.” Ryan Kiesel, ACLU of Oklahoma Executive Director

    The proposition is notable following the statewide teacher walkout in 2018 that led thousands of people to protest for several days outside the building.


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