I just happen to live in beautiful sunny southern Arizona where the sun shines 350 days a year and people do not shovel snow.
As of this morning there are two different versions of the proposed legislation. One is in the state House and one is in the state Senate. In addition, there is a legislative committee trying to sort things out.There may or may not be a compromise. At the moment nobody is certain how far this will go.
What I find curious is the attention the news media has given the issue because this type of legistation is nothing new. In fact, Arizona, llike other states, is trying to modernize their laws. It is probably the wording that is causing problems.
Tally up all the time they spent considering the bill, charge them for an hourly rate and buy every resident of Arizona a hard hat and a good set of earplugs. Then make a "law" saying if you're offended by something on the web then don't look at it. .... when will it end...
How does that possibly not encroach on your freedom of speech? Plus what is offensive? Because I think that I wouldn't find some things offensive that others may find extremely. There should be very few laws that govern social behavior, maybe none.
This would never hold up in court concerning public forums. Only way they'd have a leg to stand on would be repetitive private pms, emails, etc. Stalking and harassment are already illegal. So this bill does nothing. And to boot, the prosecuter would have to prove that their client blocked or tried to actively ignore the person, and that the accused effectivly circumvented the attempts.
This is wrong, you cannot stop being speaking their mind. It is a constitutional right to say whatever it is they want; as long as it is not enticing violence or aggression there is nothing anyone can do. This law could become so abused, take away from one group and you open the door for the same to happen to everyone else. If you don't like something or someone ignore it.
You cannot make being stupid illegal or else we would be in jail.
I would rather deal with a thousand trolls than have the government try to determine what people can say on web sites.
There is no point to go after trolling if the intent is to try to confront online bullying, harrassment and stalking. They are totally different things. Not to mention people claim someone is trolling these days simply if they write something that differs from their opinion.