Senator: Protestors Should Pay Security Costs

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A Lancaster state senator wants to make certain that one group’s exercise of free speech rights don’t become an exercise in future tax increases for everybody who lives where the bullhorns were used.

Martin, a first-term Republican, began roughing out his bill after a conference call he hosted for Lancaster area municipal officials on the costs and consequences of last year’s Dakota Access pipeline protests.

Those North Dakota protests, Martin noted in a preface to his bill, racked up more than 330,000 hours of emergency responder support, at a cost of $38.2 million to state and local taxpayers.

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