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Rep. Brent denounces anti-protest bill

Says HB 109 will deter Ohioans from exercising their free speech rights and targets minorities
February 16, 2022
Juanita O. Brent News

COLUMBUS—State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Columbus) issued a statement today following the House passage of House Bill (HB) 109, Republican legislation that would increase penalties and create new criminal offenses related to riots. 

HB 109 would, in effect, discourage Ohioans from participating in lawful protests and civil demonstrations for fear of running afoul of the proposed law’s broad and vague language. The bill’s wide-reaching provisions would also put philanthropic organizations at risk of prosecution due to unintended association with bad actors at a protest.

“This is an anti-free speech bill that would limit the Constitutional freedoms and voices of all Ohioans,” said Rep. Brent. “It would disproportionately target minorities and marginalized communities calling for justice, it and takes dangerous steps towards threatening fundamental aspects of our democracy.”

HB 109 now proceeds to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.