April 3, 2012
A bill approved by the Arizona House last week will make “telecommunications harassment” – speech others find offensive or threatening – a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to 25 years in prison.
Arizona House Bill 2549 passed both legislative houses and is now awaiting signature from Arizona governor Jan Brewer.
The legislation will make it “unlawful for any person, with intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend, to use a telephone any electronic or digital device and use any obscene, lewd or profane language or suggest any lewd or lascivious act, or threaten to inflict physical harm to the person or property of any person.” (Emphasis added.)
If enacted, the law will fundamentally change the way the internet is used in Arizona and make what is now considered normal – if annoying – behavior illegal. Trolling and nasty comments on blogs will become punishable offenses.
Bill awaits Governor Jan Brewer’s signature.
It will also undoubtedly close down political commentary – much of it offensive and even profane – in Arizona. It will be interesting to see who the government of Arizona selects to persecute after this unconstitutional legislation becomes law.
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