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Arizona Legislator Wanted To Tax Online Porn To Pay for Border Wall

Behold HB 2444, which would have required a $20 fee to remove pre-installed porn filters on devices that connect to the internet.

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Last week, while so many of us were obsessively parsing images of a confrontation between a Native American elder and a Kentucky high school junior like David Hemmings losing his mind in Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow-Up, way out west another form of insanity was brewing, one that shifted the discussion from race to another classic American dilemma: sex.

An Arizona state legislator introduced a bill that would have required all new devices that connect to the internet to proactively block access to porn sites. Arizonans who wanted to watch dirty videos or view images online of, among other things, "HUMAN MALE GENITALS IN A DISCERNIBLY TURGID STATE" and "LESS THAN COMPLETELY AND OPAQUELY COVERED HUMAN GENITALS, PUBIC REGION, BUTTOCK, OR FEMALE BREAST BELOW A POINT IMMEDIATELY ABOVE THE TOP OF THE AREOLA" would have had to pay a fee of at least $20 to remove the blocking software.

That was what HB 2444, introduced by Republican Rep. Gail Griffin (R-Hereford), was all about.

Under the legislation, distributors and retailers of computers, phones, tablets, and other devices would have been responsible for certifying that the software was in place and for collecting fees. The money thus raised would have gone into "The John McCain Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Fund," whose chief purpose, oddly enough, would have been to pay for a border wall between Arizona and Mexico. The fund would have also paid for programs to "prevent and protect victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, prostitution, divorce, child abuse and sexual assault." And yes, of course, some of the money would have "assist[ed] school districts."

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The proposed legislation was, according to one free speech activist, "pretty clearly unconstitutional," but not uncommon. "Similar bills have been proposed in recent years in Virginia, Kentucky, Alabama, Utah, Rhode Island and South Carolina," according to the AZ Mirror, but the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) says that "more than 15 state legislatures" have considered similar laws in recent memory. Arizona's is the only one to date that has tied blocking porn to funding a border wall rather than solely concerns about prostitution, sexual assault, and the like.

The good news? Griffin pulled the bill after just a few days, telling the press, "The language was submitted by a constituent, it's not going anywhere so there's no story there." At least for time being, Arizonans don't have to worry about their porn being taxed.

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  1. “The language was submitted by a constituent”

    So, he’s not responsible for submitting it?

  2. Eh. Maybe if she updated hairstyle.

  3. wow lady let it go.

  4. Didn’t Australia actually do this?

    1. Reason moves the other way in the Southern Hemisphere.

        1. Reason doesn’t support reason but in Australia Nosaer does.

  5. Griffin pulled the bill after just a few days

    Eufeminism?

  6. How about we tax tweets to pay for a wall? Lol.

  7. “prevent and protect victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, prostitution, divorce, child abuse and sexual assault.”

    Victims of divorce? Women and children; same as domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault, duh!

  8. “prevent and protect victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, prostitution, divorce, child abuse and sexual assault.”

    Victims of divorce? Women and children; same as domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault, duh!

  9. Under the legislation, distributors and retailers of computers, phones, tablets, and other devices would have been responsible for certifying that the software was in place and for collecting fees.

    This shit is bananas. B…A…N…A…N…A…S

    This stupid idea is unenforceable, a waste of everyone’s time, and unconstitutional. There is no authority in the US or Arizona Constitutions that allow for government to control what people look at.

  10. Why is AZ such a shit state?
    Also imagine paying for traditional porn.

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  13. “The language was submitted by a constituent, it’s not going anywhere so there’s no story there.”

    I’m sorry Gail, but the story there is that you a) thought this idea from your ‘constituent’ was good enough to work up for a bill proposal and b) you apparently thought his writeup was good enough to send through as-is.

  14. The John McCain Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Fund
    He no longer participates in those activities.

  15. This bill is beyond stupid! It really doesn’t even deserve an article. The computer and phone companies would’ve shut this down faster than the consumers. Consumers would just stop upgrading equipment or order it online from another state which hurts the businesses in Arizona.

  16. She looks like a character in Raising Arizona.

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  19. It’s a shame that Arizona Legislator add a tax online to access to porn sites. You should take care of your kids

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