The Arizona Legislature in its foolish inanity has come up with a Bill that probably contradicts the First Amendment, but they sure as shit won’t let that stop them, oh hell no. The amended text of the bill is here: House Bill 2549. The Legislature passed the bill on March 29th and it is currently sitting on Governor Jan Brewer’s desk awaiting her boney claw’s signature.
I have one thing to say to Governor Brewer, since it hasn’t yet been signed: Don’t you fucking do it you wanton shriveled exasperated breath of lizard after it licked a motherfucking buffo toad’s testicle! Yeah, drink that scorpion tea you spine of a cholla up a coyote’s dysfunctional sphincter! Hah! And Fuckety fuck fucking fucker, to boot! Shit.
Ok, deep breath. Here’s some useful info from those a wee bit less passionate about this than me. I really fucking like to swear, and if I can’t curse Arizona wingnuts at work, I sure as shit want to be able to do it on the internets.
Arizona House Bill 2549 would update the state's telephone harassment law to apply to the Internet and other electronic communications. 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.Arizona Law Would Criminalize Being Annoying on the Internet
“The bill is sweepingly broad, and 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. 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.”Here is that letter (pdf): Media Coalition
The bill is currently awaiting Governor Jan Brewer’s signature, and the Media Coalition, which defends first amendment rights in the media, has sent her a letter outlining some of the problems with the legislation.
Here is the full page on the bill from the AZ Legislature: HB2549
electronic; digital devices; stalking; threatening
Take heed, bloggers. This bullshit may be coming to a state house near you.