A lawmaker in Minnesota has proposed a new bill that would prevent convicted protesters from being able to receive federal benefits such as food stamps, unemployment benefits and other forms of government assistance.

The bill was written by Republican State Sen. David Osmek. The bill includes other government benefits such as health care, student loans, rental and hosuing assistance, and business grants.

“A person convicted of a criminal offense related to the person’s illegal conduct at a protest, demonstration, rally, civil unrest, or march is ineligible for any type of state loan, grant, or assistance, including but not limited to college student loans and grants, rent and mortgage assistance, supplemental nutrition assistance, unemployment benefits and other employment assistance, Minnesota supplemental aid programs, business grants, medical assistance, general assistance, and energy assistance,” – Excerpt from bill

The bill’s proposal comes at time where riots and protests are increasing as Americans await the verdict of the Derek Chauvin trial. Closing arguments finished up for the trial on Monday and the jury deliberated for four hours and will continue deliberations today.

Over the weekend Maxine Waters had flown out to Minneapolis to join rioters calling for more violence from rioters if Chauvin was not convicted of murder.

“We got to stay on the street. And we’ve got to get more active. You’ve got to get more confrontational. You got to make sure that they know we mean business.” – Maxine Waters

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Judge Peter Cahill who is presiding over the Chauvin trial called Water’s comments, “abhorrent” and that lawmakers needed to be more respectful of the judicial process and remember the duty to uphold the oath they took to defend the Constitution.