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#1 ChopSuey

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 06:40

When Florida lawmakers recently voted to ban all Internet cafes, they worded the bill so poorly that they effectively outlawed every computer in the state, according to a recent lawsuit.
 
In April Florida Governor Rick Scott approved a ban on slot machines and Internet cafes after a charity tied to Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll was shut down on suspicion of being an Internet gambling front -- forcing Carroll, who had consulted with the charity, to resign.
 
Florida's 1,000 Internet cafes were shut down immediately, including Miami-Dade's Incredible Investments, LLC, a café that provides online services to migrant workers, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
 
The owner, Consuelo Zapata, is now suing the state after her legal team found that the ban was so hastily worded that it can be applied to any computer or device connected to the Internet, according to a copy of the complaint obtained by The Miami Herald.
 
The ban defines illegal slot machines as any "system or network of devices" that may be used in a game of chance.
 
And that broad wording can be applied to any number of devices, according to the Miami law firm of Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, who worked with constitutional law attorney and Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz.
 
The suit maintains that the ban was essentially passed "in a frenzy fueled by distorted judgment in the wake of a scandal that included the Lieutenant Governor’s resignation" and declares it unconstitutional.

 

 

Source: http://www.huffingto..._n_3561701.html




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Posted 10 July 2013 - 06:45

Florida passing insane legislation? Quelle surprise!



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 07:09

Well, that's gonna cause NASA one or two issues... :p



#4 Aheer.R.S.

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 07:11

reminds me of the old florida jokes I used to read back in the late 1990's



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:03

Wow, that is some vague wording. *facepalm*



#6 Torolol

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:18

good sheeptizen must obey the LAW.



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 13:54

Good -- will put a stop to the rampant poRn. :p



#8 DocM

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 18:42

The fact is most legislation isn't written by the lawmakers but by Legislative Assistants. The legislator tells them their position and they translate it into legalese, often badly. See Obamacare, or any number of other laws that trampled the Law of Unintended Consequences.

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 18:46

What an incredibly stupid idea to begin with. "This one guy abused something, so let's shut down all of what is otherwise a valuable and useful service." ######?



#10 vetneufuse

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 18:52

about as dumb as a law that is STILL ON THE BOOKS in Pennsylvania that makes it illegal to own a router...... a law that was created in pre-internet days when it was a gov network...



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 19:04

What an incredibly stupid idea to begin with. "This one guy abused something, so let's shut down all of what is otherwise a valuable and useful service." ######?

 

I thought the same thing when I read it. I can't say it surprises me though. 



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 19:21

What an incredibly stupid idea to begin with. "This one guy abused something, so let's shut down all of what is otherwise a valuable and useful service." ######?

 

It's an epidemic problem in the U.S. where laws are based off of shortsighted, knee-jerk reactions that are misguided by emotions rather than deep, insightful understanding of the problem.  These stupid laws do little to prevent crime, but do a whole lot more in punishing law-abiding citizens by stripping their rights or away.  

 

If you see a bad apple or two in the basket, don't throw out the whole basket, why not just pick out the bad ones and leave the good ones?



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 19:24

They should do a re-count.  :rofl:



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 19:35

...Ban gambling but still allow the lottery? hypocrites!



#15 Mr.XXIV

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 19:40

Good thing I moved out of Miami in time. :p