A bill, pre-filed in the House for the Missouri General Assembly legislative session which starts in January:
Prohibits an individual in this state from wearing a mask, hood, or covering that conceals the person’s identity during an unlawful assembly or riot
Sponsor: Phillips, Don (138)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2017
LR Number: 0794H.01I
Last Action: 12/08/2016 – Prefiled (H)
Bill String: HB 179
Next Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: Bill currently not on a House calendar
The bill text:
FIRST REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 179 [pdf]
99TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE PHILLIPS. 0794H.01I D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk
To amend chapter 574, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to the crime of concealing a person’s identity, with a penalty provision.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Chapter 574.055, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be known as section 574.055, to read as follows:
574.055. 1. A person commits the crime of concealing a person’s identity if he or she is committing the crime of unlawful assembly under section 574.040 or rioting under section 574.050 and intentionally conceals his or her identity by the means of a robe, mask, or other disguise.
2. It shall be an affirmative defense to a cause of action under this section if the person was wearing a robe, mask, or other disguise required by his or her religious beliefs or for safety or medical purposes.
3. The crime of concealing a person’s identity is a class A misdemeanor.
[emphasis in original]
“…It shall be an affirmative defense to a cause of action under this section if the person was wearing a robe, mask, or other disguise required by his or her religious beliefs or for safety or medical purposes…”
But, your honor, I had to wear the mask to keep from harming my lungs by breathing the tear gas.