|Trolls (above) still are legal on the Internet, for the most part, even if Governor Jan Brewer signs House Bill 2549.|
Arizona's House Bill 2549 -- which was derailed after a critic's view that it was a "bill to censor electronic speech" caught on
-- has been approved by some legislators after changes were made to address those concerns.
There were a lot of misconceptions about this bill, especially from the Kremlin apologists at Russia Today, who furthered a rumor
-- it wasn't even a rumor, it was just wrong -- that the bill in its original form had made it to Governor Jan Brewer's desk.
Either way, State Representative Vic Williams told New Times
last month that legislators had received quite a bit of "legitimate concerns" -- and illegitimate concerns -- about the bill, and Representative Ted Vogt has stopped the bill from moving forward so everyone can figure it out.
Legislators apparently figured it out, as the bill passed easily without opposition from the Media Coalition, which led the charge against the bill, mostly for text in the original version that would outlaw the use of electronic or digital devices to "annoy or offend" someone. More »