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Tue., March 20, 2012, 1:07 p.m.

Nonini Disturbing The Peace Bill Dies

The Senate has voted 12-22 against HB 524, House-passed legislation from Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, to expand Idaho's disturbing the peace law to address a situation that's arisen between hostile neighbor his his district. Numerous senators said the bill, which would make it a misdemeanor to engage in “conduct that is intended to seriously alarm or harass a person such as would cause a reasonable person substantial emotional distress,” appeared to restrict both freedom of speech and private property rights, by criminalizing, for example, the hanging of a sign on one's own property/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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