NACDL worked with partners to support legislation expanding voting rights to formerly incarcerated individuals.

HB 85 would create a crime of approaching a law enforcement officer within 25 feet while on duty. The bill’s legislative sponsor, State Representative Mike Johnson, is cited as introducing the bill as a means to make everyone safe. However, opponents believe that the bill raises constitutional concerns. NACDL issued a press statement, opposing the bill, which, if passed, anyone who does not comply could be charged with a misdemeanor, punishable by a $500 fine or a jail term of up to 60 days. The bill was subsequently vetoed by the Governor.

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