ACLU-PA Position: Opposes
HB 1546 would amend Title 18 to create a new criminal offense that prohibits the public posting, displaying, or providing to a third party (or soliciting, selling, or trading) the home address or phone number of "public safety officials." But the bill defines "public safety official" broadly and would apply to 35 public official positions (not all of whom are public safety officers).
The scope of HB 1546 poses an unjustifiable and unworkable expansion of protections that apply to an absurdly broad list of public officials. HB 1546 does not require that a person directly threaten or cause harm to an official, nor does it require any intent to cause or threaten harm. Instead, HB 1546 would hold people criminally liable for perceived future harm committed by someone else. Furthermore, the harm HB 1546 seeks to punish could already be charged directly under one of many existing offenses under Title 18 or as conspiracy to commit such an offense.