31 Jan '18, 11pm

As Trump Unfurls Infrastructure Plan, Iowa Bill Seeks to Criminalize Pipeline Protests

As Trump Unfurls Infrastructure Plan, Iowa Bill Seeks to Criminalize Pipeline Protests

The Iowa Senate has advanced a bill which critics say could lead to the criminalization of pipeline protests, which are being cast as “terrorist activities.” Dakota Access pipeline owner Energy Transfer Partners and other companies have lobbied for the bill, Senate Study Bill 3062 , which opens up the possibility of prison time and a hefty fine for those who commit “sabotage” of critical infrastructure, such as oil and gas pipelines. This bill, carrying a criminal punishment of up to 25 years in prison and $100,000 in fines, resembles the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act , a “model” bill recently passed by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC ) . That ALEC bill, intended as a template for state and federal legislation, was based on Oklahoma's HB 1123 , which calls for citizens to receive a felony sentencing, $100,000 fine, and/or 10 years in prison if thei...

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