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This Arizona bill could charge people for porn — and have that money go to building the wall

This Arizona bill could charge people for porn — and have that money go to building the wall

An Arizona bill may require all electronics sold in the state to have porn-blocking software, which can only be unblocked by paying a fee

An Arizona lawmaker has introduced a bill that would have porn fees go to funding the US-Mexico border wall.

The Bill

Republican state Rep. Gail Griffin introduced House Bill 2444. The bill would require companies that make or sell electronics in Arizona to install porn-blocking software. One can only unblock it by paying $20 [€17.54].

The money collected would go to ‘build a border wall between Mexico and this state or fund border security,’ the bill says.

Any additional funds would go to the Arizona Commerce Authority for the John McCain Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Fund. This fund will provide grants for mental health services, temporary housing, school districts, and law enforcement agencies.

According to the bill, any electronics distributor in Arizona who fails to install the porn-blocking software could be guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor.

Arizona residents who wish to watch pornography under this bill must request to do so. They then must prove they are at least 18, acknowledge that removing the block will show ‘obscene material,’ and pay the one-time fee. Companies who install the porn-blocking software may also charge an additional fee.

According to the New York Post, advocates of the adult entertainment industry find this bill unconstitutional.

Chris Sevier link

Arizona Central reports that this bill is allegedly linked to anti-LGBTI activist Chris Sevier. Sevier once tried to marry his computer to protest same-sex marriage. He was also behind lawsuits in Louisiana and Texas, attempting to ban Drag Queen Story Hour in public libraries.

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Similar bills have been introduced in recent years in states like Virginia, Kentucky, Utah, Alabama, Rhode Island, and South Carolina.

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