AB426/SB386 would make it a felony punishable by up to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine, to trespass on property owned, leased, or operated by companies engaged in the distribution of oil or petroleum. That’s already against the law of course, but the heightened penalties are designed to send a message to protesters.
Take action: Ask Gov. Evers to veto the bill.
AB426/SB386 has the corporate backing of the extractive industry and has bi-partisan support. It’s part of a wave of bills providing special protections for the extractive industry, based on a model bill promoted by ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council) in response to growing public opposition to pipelines (starting with Standing Rock).
Since 2016, seven states have passed similar bills to crack down on anti-pipeline protests. Help us show that in Wisconsin, people power can overcome corporate greed, and we won’t give up our right to dissent without a fight.
Proponents of these bills have begun to brand them as ‘worker safety’ bills, and to include language that explicitly excludes lawful strikes in order to gain union support, or neutrality. We saw this in Illinois, and we are seeing it in Wisconsin. But don’t be fooled, the bill does nothing to improve worker safety!
For more information about this bill, and others we’re fighting across the country, check out these resources:
Wisconsin Legislature Considers Two Bills Meant to Silence Protest, Defending Rights and Dissent
Pipeline protest bill has evolved from state to state, Wisconsin Examiner
The oil pipelines of Wisconsin, Journal Sentinel
Critical Infrastructure Bills: Targeting Protesters Through Extreme Penalties, International Center for Not-for-profit Law
Protest Under Fire: Critical Infrastructure Bills and the Targeting of Anti-pipeline Protesters, Defending Rights and Dissent
Tell Gov. Evers to Veto the Felony Trespass Bill!
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