Legislation Makes It A Crime To Disobey Citizen Mask-Nazis

A dark-horse contender for ‘most tyrannical bill of the year’ recently popped on my radar. I was reading through the text of another batch of bills, when I found this gem. As is often the case, the title of the bill does not give accurately describe the purpose of the legislation:

An act establishing a criminal penalty for an assault committed against a person who is conveying public health or safety guidance or requirements during a declared state of emergency.

This sounds relatively benign. Few people believe that assault should be legal. The actual bill creates a new crime, but one could be guilty of the crime by doing things other than ‘assaulting’ a person who is “conveying public health or safety guidance or requirements”.

Proposed by 8 Democrats, HB493 reads: 

“I-a.  A person is guilty of a class B misdemeanor if such person assaults, threatens to assault, or refuses to comply with another who the actor knows to be:

(a)  A person who, as part of his or her employment duties, is relaying directions for health care or safety from his or her supervisor or employer or relaying health or safety guidelines, recommendations, regulations, or rules from a federal, state, or local public health agency or health or safety requirements contained in a state of emergency declared by the federal, state, or local government; and

(b)  The act occurs during a state of emergency declared by the governor due to a public health emergency and for a period of 6 months after such declaration.”

Now, let’s read the bill again, with my commentary: 

“A person is guilty of a class B misdemeanor if such person assaults, threatens to assault, or refuses to comply with another who the actor knows to be:

(a)  A person who, as part of his or her employment duties (anyone who works in any job whose location has any COVID restrictions, which includes nearly 100% of locations in NH), is relaying directions for health care or safety from his or her supervisor or employer or relaying health or safety guidelines, recommendations, (mask mandates, triple masking, eye protection, social distancing, not speaking, looking at others, etc.) regulations, or rules from a federal, state, or local public health agency or health or safety requirements contained in a state of emergency declared by the federal, state, or local government; and

(b)  The act occurs during a state of emergency declared by the governor due to a public health emergency (which will include all times between now and eternity) and for a period of 6 months after such declaration.”

Make no mistake. This bill is not about ‘assault’. It’s about criminalizing the act of disobedience to seemingly random people who yell at you for breathing freely or being close to another person. This bill is about legitimizing all members of the public who enforce the will of the politicians. If you do not want this bill to pass, you must contact the sponsors of the bill and the committee which will hold a public hearing on the bill shortly.

SPONSORS: Rep. Schultz, Merr. 18; Rep. Horrigan, Straf. 6; Rep. Kenney, Straf. 6; Rep. Knirk, Carr. 3; Rep. Mann, Ches. 2; Rep. Grassie, Straf. 11; Rep. Bouchard, Hills. 11; Rep. Stevens, Hills. 34

COMMITTEE: Criminal Justice and Public Safety

Public Hearing: 03/01/2021 09:45 am

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