Published: Fri, January 10, 2020
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Vermont lawmaker proposes cellphone ban for anyone under 21

Vermont lawmaker proposes cellphone ban for anyone under 21

According to CNET, if a bill introduced in Vermont's legislature by state Senator John Rodgers (D) passes, you will have to be 21 to use or possess a cellphone in the state.

"In light of the unsafe and life-threatening consequences of cell phone use by young people, it is clear that persons under 21 years of age are not developmentally mature enough to safely possess them", the bill reads, "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 Democrat this week introduced a bill that would prohibit anyone under 21 from using or owning a cell phone.

"The Internet and social media, accessed primarily through cell phones, are used to radicalize and recruit terrorists, fascists, and other extremists".

The bill was proposed by Democratic state Sen. He also says cellphones have been used by mass shooters to research previous shootings.

The legislation points out the detrimental effects of teenaged cell phone use, including cyberbullying and distracted driving. Despite sponsoring the bill, Rodgers said he wouldn't vote for it, saying he is trying to prove a point.

Rodgers told the newspaper Wednesday that the Vermont Legislature "seems bent on taking away our Second Amendment rights". And based on the wording of his bill, a cellphone seems to be more unsafe than a gun. The state recently increased the smoking age to 21 and barred those under 21 from buying a gun unless they take a hunter safety course. His bill is more or less a protest statement to that trend.

Some in Vermont are critical of the proposal, saying people would ignore such a law.

If passed into law, any person under 21 who violates the act or is found in possession of a cellphone, would be imprisoned for no more than a year or fined $1,000 or both.

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