ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A Missouri state representative announces plans to file legislation that would increase penalties against those who impede traffic.

The announcement comes from Nick Schroer, a state rep from O’Fallon, Mo.

Schroer says he will be pre-filing legislation this December for the 2018 session of the Missouri General Assembly.

Schroer’s goal is to increase criminal penalties of individuals who intentionally impede traffic of highways or interstates without a permit. He says penalties must be more that just a mere slap on the wrist, though it does not say specifically what they would be.

The state representative says his legislation is intended to protect individuals’ First Amendment right to peacefully assemble while protecting the safety and well-being of those on our roadways.

He says the U.S. Supreme Court has indicated in the past that citizens’ First Amendment right to peacefully assemble are not absolute.

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