January 11, 2020
Senator John Rodgers
I’m on-board with this.
Teenagers who own cell phones in Vermont could become outlaws if new bill introduced into the state senate if passed.
Called S.212, the bill would make it a misdemeanor for anyone under 21 to own or use a cell phone, with punishment including fines of up to $1,000 and prison time of up to one year.
The bill was introduced on Wednesday and referred to the state’s Committee on Judiciary for further review.
‘In light of the dangerous and life-threatening consequences of cellphone use by young people, it is clear that persons under 21 years of age are not developmentally mature enough to safely possess them, just as the General Assembly has concluded that persons under 21 years of age are not mature enough to possess firearms, smoke cigarettes or consume alcohol,’ the bill argues.
The bill points to a wide ranging number of issues to justify the ban, including the high rate of teen auto accidents, cyberbullying, suicide, and political extremism.
‘The Internet and social media, accessed primarily through cell phones, are used to radicalize and recruit terrorists, fascists, and other extremists,’ the bill continues.
‘Cell phones have often been used by mass shooters of younger ages for research on previous shootings.’
The bill was introduced by John Rodgers, a Democrat and former stone mason from the Essex-Orleans district in Northern Vermont who was first elected in 2013.
He previously had served eight years in the state House of Representatives and has also worked as a youth soccer coach.
We know cellphones are insanely addictive. A lot more addictive than the e-cigarettes these people are trying to outlaw, and the negative effects are a lot better documented.
There is no reason anyone without a fully-developed brain should be allowed to access a highly addictive, destructive machine.
This bill won’t pass. Obviously. But hopefully it will get the conversation started.
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