North Dakota seeks to outlaw masked rallies, allow driving over protesters

North Dakota seeks to outlaw masked rallies, allow driving over protesters

Native American tribes, including the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, launched protests against the 1,134-mile oil pipeline's construction, arguing that any leak on the pipeline would threaten the tribes' drinking water and that the pipeline's path snakes through ancestral lands.

The proposal follows swiftly after suggestions from North Dakota lawmakers that it should be a crime for adults to wear masks.

Kempenich is quoted by the Minnesota Star Tribune saying: "If you stay off the roadway, this would never be an issue". He added that protesters are welcomed to express their point of view for how long they want to, but they have no right to invade the motorists' driving space as this could be unsafe to all the parties involved. According to the report, Kempenich said he was concerned about panicked drivers who see a mob of protesters coming in their direction and hit the gas instead of the break. "(Roads) are not there for the protesters. Kempenich said he anxious about drivers, panicked by coming across a group of people standing in a public roadway, "if they'd have punched the accelerator rather than the brakes".

According to KFYR, Kempenich claims his relatives have been harassed by protesters and is anxious an accident will occur. "A driver of a motor vehicle who negligently causes injury or death to an individual obstructing vehicular traffic on a public road, street, or highway may not be held liable for any damages". It would extend protections for drivers who accidentally injure or kill a person obstructing traffic on a public road or highway. @billmckibben @HuffPostPol Wow, legalizing murder.

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Last month, the US Army Corps of Engineers denied an easement permit needed for drilling under the Missouri River, and have begun an environmental review, after months of protest at the site. - Gary lee (@Lgary702) January 15, 2017 @AgentSergeevna @HuffPostPol Killing protesters really - Aerin Cruz (@KAIJUKING23) January 17, 2017 @AlterNet YOU HAVE GOT TO BE JOKING!

The introduction of these bills comes just days after Senator Hoeven was named as chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs too.

North Dakota House Majority Leader Al Carlson said that his colleagues need to consider potential changes so that law enforcement is better equipped to deal with civil unrest in the state. It is now unclear if any of these new North Dakota bills stand a chance of passing legislative muster, and some Democrats in the state are calling the proposed new laws "knee-jerk legislation".