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Teenagers who own cell phones in Vermont could become outlaws if new bill introduced into the state senate if passed.
Called S.212, the bill would make it a misdemeanor for anyone under 21 to own or use a cell phone, with punishment including fines of up to $1,000 and prison time of up to one year.
Bill - Wednesday - State - Committee - Judiciary
The bill was introduced on Wednesday and referred to the state’s Committee on Judiciary for further review.
‘In light of the dangerous and life-threatening consequences of cellphone use by young people, it is clear that persons under 21 years of age are not developmentally mature enough to safely possess them, 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 bill argues.
Bill - Number - Issues - Ban - Rate
The bill points to a wide ranging number of issues to justify the ban, including the high rate of teen auto accidents, cyberbullying, suicide, and political extremism.
‘The Internet and social media, accessed primarily through cell phones, are used to...
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