May 2019, Vol. 246, No. 5

Global News

ACLU Challenges South Dakota Pipeline Protest Legislation

The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging a new law signed by South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem aimed at potential protests against the planned Keystone XL oil pipeline.

The Republican governor’s bills require pipeline companies to chip in on protest-related expenses and create a way to pursue money from those who fund destructive demonstrations. The ACLU is not challenging the new law that requires pipeline companies to help pay extraordinary expenses, such as the cost of policing during protests.

The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of groups and individuals planning to protest the pipeline or encourage others to do so, arguing that the South Dakota laws stifle free speech.

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