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Judge limits new California law protecting vaccination sites

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Posted at 9:18 PM, Nov 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-02 00:18:30-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out California’s new 30-foot buffer zone designed to restrict protests at coronavirus vaccination sites. But U.S. District Judge Dale Drozd's ruling Saturday left in place other parts of a new state law despite arguments that it infringes on free speech.

The law that took effect Oct. 8 makes it illegal to come within 30 feet of someone at a vaccination site “for the purpose of obstructing, injuring, harassing, intimidating, or interfering with that person.”

The judge says the 30-foot limit in the law's definition of harassing is too restrictive, so he's barring the state from enforcing that portion of the law.