|"Trolling" on the interwebs could become illegal in Arizona.|
Update 2: H.B. 2549 has been stopped.
Update: Anonymous advocates are sending Jan Brewer and legislators a "butthurt report form" in response to House Bill 2549.
It has been brought to our attention that there's a bill cruising through the Legislature that, according to some critics, could cause people like myself and this blog's commenters to be thrown in jail for generally being jackasses on the Internet.
We understand that there's probably a healthy amount of people who wouldn't be entirely opposed to the above-mentioned situation, but critics to House Bill 2549 say this legislation could have some pretty broad effects.
According to a Senate fact sheet, HB 2549 "[p]rohibits using any electronic or digital device, instead of a
telephone, with the intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or
offend a person."
The Senate approved this one 30 to zip last week, but more critics are coming out of the woodwork to point out some problems the bill could cause.
The Media Coalition is labeling the legislation as a "bill to censor electronic speech," saying, "...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."More »