2010 Pennsylvania Code
Title 18 - CRIMES AND OFFENSES
Chapter 75 - Other Offenses
7517 - Commemorative service demonstration activities.

     § 7517.  Commemorative service demonstration activities.
        (a)  Legislative intent.--The General Assembly finds and
     declares that:
            (1)  Families have a substantial interest in organizing
        and attending commemorative services for deceased relatives.
            (2)  The interests of families in privately and
        peacefully mourning the loss of deceased relatives are
        violated when commemorative services are targeted for
        picketing and other public demonstrations.
            (3)  Picketing of commemorative services causes emotional
        disturbance and distress to grieving families who participate
        in commemorative services.
            (4)  Full opportunity exists under the terms and
        provisions of this section for the exercise of freedom of
        speech and other constitutional rights at times other than
        within one hour prior to, during and one hour following the
        commemorative services.
        (b)  Offense defined.--A person commits a misdemeanor of the
     third degree if the person engages in demonstration activities
     within 500 feet of any cemetery, mortuary, church or other
     location being utilized for the purposes of a commemorative
     service within one hour prior to, during and one hour following
     the commemorative service.
        (c)  Definitions.--As used in this section, the following
     words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this
     subsection:
        "Commemorative service."  An event involving the gathering of
     individuals who assemble:
            (1)  At a cemetery or other location during the burial,
        funeral, ceremony or memorial service of a specific deceased
        person to mourn or honor the deceased person or to pay
        respect to the family of the deceased person.
            (2)  In a building during the viewing, visitation,
        burial, funeral, ceremony or memorial service of a specific
        deceased person to mourn or honor the deceased person or to
        pay respect to the family of the deceased person.
            (3)  To participate in a procession to a cemetery,
        building or other location in which a viewing, visitation,
        burial, funeral, ceremony or memorial service of a specific
        deceased person is to be conducted to mourn or honor the
        deceased person or to pay respect to the family of the
        deceased person.
        "Demonstration activities."  Any of the following:
            (1)  Any picketing or similar conduct.
            (2)  Any oration, speech or use of sound amplification
        equipment or device or similar conduct that is not part of a
        commemorative service.
            (3)  The display of any placard, sign, banner, flag or
        similar device, unless such display is part of a
        commemorative service.
            (4)  The distribution of any handbill, pamphlet, leaflet
        or other written or printed matter, other than a program
        distributed as part of a commemorative service.
     (June 30, 2006, P.L.288, No.63, eff. 60 days)

        2006 Amendment.  Act 63 added section 7517.
        Cross References.  Section 7517 is referred to in section
     8320 of Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure).

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