Letter to Gov. Brewer: Oppose HB 2549 Restricting Open Communication via the Internet

UPDATE: HB 2549 was actually STOPPED before reaching the Governor.

The Arizona Legislature is about to send HB 2549 for your signature. I strongly encourage you to veto the law as written.

The bill attempts to update Arizona’s stalking and telephone harassment laws for the digital age—in itself, perhaps a worthy goal—but the law as written is extremely and unconstitutionally broad. By simply substituting “electronic…device” for the word telephone, the law moves beyond regulating private, direct, person-to-person communications and threatens open, public communications via the Internet. The proposal dangerously omits any standard of reasonableness, and leaves critical terms undefined.

The constitutions of both the United States and the State of Arizona recognize and guarantee our freedom to speak and write freely—A law that criminalizes potentially annoying or offending someone stifles that freedom.

This bill should be returned to the legislature to be rewritten more narrowly to include only communications directed to a particular individual and which would cause a reasonable person to fear for one’s life, safety, or property.

4 thoughts on “Letter to Gov. Brewer: Oppose HB 2549 Restricting Open Communication via the Internet”

  1. You can write Governor Brewer by faxing your comments to:

    (602) 542-1381

    Hon. Janice K. Brewer, Governor
    Executive Tower
    1700 W Washington St
    Phoenix AZ 85007

    Or you can email your comments.

    Again, it is important that you FAX or EMAIL your comments. Snail mail sent to a government official generally will be delayed by testing for dangerous substances and not arrive in time to be read.

  2. I have received several requests for permission to use these words or a modified version of them for you to send your own letter to Governor Brewer.

    Normally, my blog is licensed under an attribution-required, no-derivative works license. However, in this case, please feel free to use my words or derivatives of them under the updated terms of the license.

    Sorry I didn’t make that clear earlier, and thank you for your respect for intellectual property.

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