political douchebaggery knows no bounds, the following is from that same article & includes repubs also.
looks like our fukstik politicos are getting their little feelings hurt with constituents starting to wise up & calling them out online.
The New York State Assembly sought the passage of a similar bill in May 2012, and Arizona lawmakers worked to ban Internet trolling altogether in April 2012. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the bill into law in May 2012, but only after the contentious language was cut.
Local lawmakers took similar action in Tennessee in 2012, when the Shelby County Commission pressed for a court order to reveal the identities of online commentators who posted nearly 9,000 comments on Memphis news site, Commercial Appeal.
Silverstein did not return The Daily Caller’s request for comment.
heres the skinny on the arizona bill, fucken nuts what they originally wanted:
Relax, Internet trolls. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer finally signed a controversial anti-harassment bill into law Monday, but not before legislators cut language that many critics said violated the first amendment and, somewhat less controversially, outlawed trolling.
You can still make everyone hate you, and no one will toss you in jail.
As originally written, House Bill 2549 would have made it illegal to use “any electronic device” to “annoy” or “offend” another person. The goal, one representative told the Phoenix New Times, was simply to protect people from harassment and stalking.
Still, Media Coalition, one of the groups that led the charge against the bill, called its language “unconstitutionally vague,” adding that it would criminalize “all manner of writing, cartoons, and other protected material the state finds offensive or annoying” across the Internet as a whole.
Welp, now the words “annoy” and “offend” are out, and the bill clarifies that a “specific person” or “persons” must be a target of the harassment. That means no one’s going to jail for that one time they stirred up shit on a message board. You can be jerk, you just can’t harass anyone. Good on the Arizona legislature for paying attention to the public outrcry.
Trolls probably celebrate victories like this by being even bigger assholes, so just be careful on the Internet for the next few days.