ATLANTA (AP) -- March 17, 2012
Labor unions and other Georgia groups are protesting a proposed state law that would outlaw some types of mass picketing.
The Associated Press reports, hundreds of people demonstrated Saturday outside the state Capitol to the protest the measure, which has passed the state Senate and now goes to the House.
The bill would ban mass picketing at private residences or at the site of labor disputes when such protests are blocking or threatening business entrances or certain public areas. Its sponsor, Republican Sen. Don Balfour, insists the measure doesn't infringe on free-speech rights.
Opponents disagree. Union members protesting Saturday say the bill unfairly criminalizes non-violent demonstrations.
Teamsters union members, the Southern Center for Human Rights and the Sierra Club are among groups that organized the protest.