TENNESSEE - Oil & Gas "Critical Infrastructure" Anti-Protest Bills

  • Posted on: 25 March 2019
  • By: Connor Gibson

See Full Report: State Bills to Criminalize Peaceful Protest of Oil & Gas "Critical Infrastructure"

2019 SB 0264:

  • Introduced on January 30, 2019
  • Passed Senate on March 18, 2019. Tranferred to House on March 19.

ICNL Analysis:

Would create new penalties for protests and demonstrations that "interrupt" or "interfere with" a pipeline or pipeline construction site. The bill would make it a Class E felony for an individual or organization to knowingly "injure, remove, destroy, break down, or otherwise interrupt or interfere with" a pipeline, pipeline facility, or related equipment, including if it is under construction. Under the bill, an individual or organization that causes or “aids” that damage or interference would likewise be guilty of a Class E felony. Both offenses would be punishable by up to six years in prison and a $3,000 fine.

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2019 HB 0156:

  • Introduced on January 30, 2019
  • Schedued for hearing in House Finance, Ways and Means committee on March 27, 2019

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