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Protesters who camp on Tennessee state property could lose right to vote under new law

Protesters who camp on Tennessee state property could lose right to vote under new law

by Kerri Bartlett Nashville Tennessean  |  Published on August 24, 2020

NASHVILLE – Protesters in Tennessee who break certain laws during demonstrations will now face harsher penalties, including losing the right to vote.

Gov. Bill Lee signed into law on Thursday a bill that stiffens penalties for protesters. House Bill 8005, sponsored by Rep. William Lamberth, R-Portland, House Republican Majority Leader, went into effect immediately.

Camping on state property such as the Capitol was previously a misdemeanor. It will now be classified as a Class E felony punishable by one to six years in prison. Convicted felons also lose the right to vote and carry a gun.

The law also criminalized marking with chalk on a government building and introduced mandatory minimum jail sentences for certain crimes.

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