Rep. Hutchins tells KOMO protesters who block highways should face felony

Following a pro-Palestinian protest that blocked the expressway to Seattle Tacoma International Airport, Rep. Spencer Hutchins, R-Gig Harbor, joined KOMO News to renew his push to increase penalties for protesters who block roadways in the hopes of deterring the dangerous behavior. “Protesters be aware, we support your First Amendment freedom of speech rights. We do not support you interrupting the lives and safety of your fellow citizens,” Hutchins told the news outlet. Hutchins cosponsored House Bill 2358 in the 2024 session that would increase potential charges protesters who take over highways could face to a felony, rather the current misdemeanor but the bill got no traction from majority Democrats.


Washington State House Republican Communications