Jan Brewer Signs Harassment Bill; Feel Free to Continue Being an A-Hole on the Internet

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Governor Jan Brewer signed signed House Bill 2549 yesterday, an effort to outlaw using electronic devices to harass people.

Thanks to the outrage caused over the initial version of the bill, the revised version signed by the governor allows you to continue acting like an asshole on the Internet.

The first version of the bill would have outlaw the use of electronic or digital devices to "annoy or offend" someone, which didn't sit too well with technology and free-speech advocates.

The Media Coalition was really the primary group in opposition of the bill as it was first proposed, saying the following:

It would make it a crime to communicate via electronic means speech that is intended to "annoy," "offend," "harass" or "terrify," as well as certain sexual speech.  However, because the bill is not limited to one-to-one communications, H.B. 2549 would apply to the Internet as a whole, thus criminalizing all manner of writing, cartoons, and other protected material the state finds offensive or annoying.

Now, the group seems happy with some of the changes that were made for the final edition signed by the governor.

The words "annoy" and "offend" are out, harassment and threats have to be directed toward specific, and it only applies to telephone calls, text messages, instant messages, and email.

When the uproar over the initial proposal started coming in, state Representative Vic Williams told New Times that the actual intent of the bill was not to throw Internet trolls in jail -- the intent was to protect people from harassment and stalking, and defend people's privacy. After concerns were brought up about the bill, it was stopped so that could be addressed.

What legislators had done was offer changes to a current law that outlawed harassing people -- or trying to "annoy" or "offend" someone -- on a telephone. References to telephones were updated to include electronic or digital devices.

Text of the bill approved by the governor can be found here.

Previously:

Changes Proposed to Online Harassment Bill; Allows People to "Annoy or Offend" Others on the Internet -- to an Extent

Internet Trolls Can Breathe Easy for a Minute -- HB 2549 Has Been Stopped

Anonymous Advocates Sending "Butthurt Report Form" to Jan Brewer, Legislators

Arizona Legislature Apparently Trying to Criminalize Being Annoying on the Internet


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alehound
alehound

I hereby  "annoy," "offend," "harass" or "terrify," all of you. Come get me bitches. :-)

Pork Chopper
Pork Chopper

I dont need no old cunt to protect me or do my fighting for me. 

Patch Kinkade
Patch Kinkade

Everybody on  NTs is an asshole so this should work out well for all of you new times bloggers.

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

I'm still not convinced this bill was even necessary.  We have laws that already make harassment and stalking illegal.  

It's the action/behavior that's illegal, right?

jenna
jenna

But you do need to consider advancing beyond your 8th grade education. And don't try to say you are educated. No one will believe you. 

david saint
david saint

....and the delightful people on the right that harass, slander, and attempt to intimidate anyone who doesnt just agree with whatever tin foil hat theory they come up with. 

david saint
david saint

thanks, we take after the lunatics on the right that threaten our President daily....

Pork Chopper
Pork Chopper

  Can I fuck your mom? I heard she is a whore.

Patch Kinkade
Patch Kinkade

  that makes your mother a whore also. so are you a motherfucker?

david saint
david saint

oddly, wouldnt that hurt the GOPs voting block with all the threats and vial comments directed at Obama? LOL pretty sure some comments ive seen would land a charge...

Pork Chopper
Pork Chopper

  FUCK ME JENNA you young little redhead tweeker you.

Pork Chopper
Pork Chopper

 More proof that everybody really hates everybody else. just no one likes to admit it. except me.

Elroy
Elroy

  Sounds like most of the new times bloggers you are describing.

Pork Chopper
Pork Chopper

 I bet you would love to suck the presidents big black cock huh? you sound like your just a bit queer for that nigger.

Dont Bro Me
Dont Bro Me

  whats wrong with threatening a president?

BUD STRIKER
BUD STRIKER

 go to prison or become homeless and you will see very quickly how many friends you have. you will have none.they will all abandon you. nobody knows you when your down and out pal.

Marcy
Marcy

 that wasnt funny either david.

david saint
david saint

lmao it must be lonely in that pitiful world you call a life. 

Marcy
Marcy

  your not a funny person at all david.

PEYOTE EATER
PEYOTE EATER

  I hug and eat  locally grown Arizona peyote myself.

david saint
david saint

lol dont confuse me with your lifes goal dipshit. Go hug a fucking cactus. 

Coz
Coz

Try it and let us know how it works out for you...

Patch Kinkade
Patch Kinkade

  Call 911 and report him you snitch! I didn't read in his comment about any threat being made. his question was whats wrong with it? you sure read into things in a very different way than it was meant and you sure are a touchy little cry baby punk for a grown man. you get so upset over everything and everybody on here.

david saint
david saint

lol well i remember the right being all up in arms when anyone said something remotely negative about Bush and his lying about WMD. However its a free country, though certain threats will get you a visit from the secret service because technically its illegal.  

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