The Missouri Coalition for the Environment warns that Senate Bill 293 would further criminalize non-violent civil disobedience in an effort to stop actions like those at Standing Rock in North Dakota. The bill establishes so-called "critical infrastructure" sites that include facilities that are operational or under construction. It also creates a loose legal threshold to charge an organization with conspiracy for the actions of an individual. Should an individual be found guilty under this law, an organization could find itself liable for conspiracy through a fine that is ten times the amount charged to the individual. The bill sponsor's office was unable to demonstrate how current laws are failing to protect the sites deemed "critical infrastructure" in the bill nor provide evidence of a threat to the these facilities..
In March, Defending Rights & Dissent sent a coalition letter to members of the Missouri General Assembly, signed by 17 state and national civil society groups, including Greenpeace, Food and Water Watch and the Center for Constitutional Rights, as well as the Missouri chapters of the ACLU and Sierra Club.
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