Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011

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H.R. 347, also known as the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act, is a federal law in the United States allowing the Secret Service extra jurisdiction to make arrests and suppress protests in cases of trespass on restricted locations and intentional disruption of government functions.

The HR 347 is a revision to section 1752 of title 18 US code. Introduced by representative of Florida 16- Thomas Rooney, it makes punishable by up to 10 years jail time or fine any person who does "or conspires" enter any "restricted building or grounds" or within certain "proximity" without lawful authority to do so, attempts to disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business.

It defines restricted building or grounds as the White House or its grounds, the Vice President's home or its grounds, or where the President or other person protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily visiting"

For the official bill, and more information see the link below http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr347#overview[1]

The law passed the Congress and was signed by President Barack Obama on April 8, 2014.

Controversies[edit]

Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Andrew Napolitano indicated that this bill may inhibit free speech protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, as saying something that the president of the United States does not like while staying at a hotel across the street from him could be considered a felony.[2]

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