Thursday, February 20, 2014

Jailing all your Facebook friends

Every legislative session in Kentucky features a bill that is so absurd and so over-the-top everyone can agree it should be killed, shredded, burned, scattered and cursed loudly as a warning to future horrible bills to stay out of sight. This year, Gov. Beshear's budget bill is arguably that bill, but there was another introduced yesterday.

House Bill 412 would make it a crime to communicate electronically or otherwise "any comment, request, suggestion or proposal which is obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy or indecent" or "permits any telecommunications or electronic communication device under his or her control to be used by another person for any purpose prohibited by this section." So essentially if someone posts a dirty joke to your Facebook page, you could both be going to jail.

I would like to be able to tell you this bill was filed by a Democrat, but I can't.