Bill giving civil immunity to drivers who hit protesters draws protests
A group of protesters rallied in front of radio station WHCB Tuesday to protest a bill sponsored by Rep. Matthew Hill, R-Jonesborough, that would grant civil immunity to drivers who unintentionally injure protesters, reports the Johnson City Press.
The protesters chose the radio station at 2175 Hwy 75 because Hill hosts his radio show, Bible Buddies, at that station and does not have a local office.
If passed, the bill, HB0668, would take effect July 1 and protesters injured by drivers would not be able to sue them. Hill specified that the bill would not protect drivers who intentionally or carelessly injure protesters from criminal charges.
“We want to remind Matthew Hill that he does have constituents, and we are paying attention to the bills that he has written and introduced within the last several days, and they did not come from us,” event organizer Ruth Taylor Read said. “He’s not representing us and we want him to know that.”
… Read said Indivisible Tri-Cities invited state representatives for a meeting at Covenant Presbyterian church in Kingsport on Sunday, but so far only Rep. Bud Husley has agreed to meet with members of the group.
“We are tired of them representing their own personal interests instead of our own,” she said. “That’s not what we pay them to do. And now we are paying attention, we’re watching. We’re holding them accountable.”