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Florida Accidentally Makes Computers and Smartphones Illegal

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An improperly worded law was passed by Florida governor Rick Scott, making electronic devices banned in the state. 

It was originally made to ban Internet cafes so they could crack down on illegal gambling. This caused more than 1,000 Internet cafes to shut down immediately.

One of those cafe owners, Consuelo Zapata, is now filing a lawsuit against the state because her lawyers caught the bill's mis-wording, which gives a broad definition to slot machines. 

The definition makes all computers and smartphones, which can browse to slot machines online, illegal. 

It defines slot machines as "any machine or device or system or network of devices" able to be used in a game of chance. 

The law firm of Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine are working on the case, arguing that it is unconstitutional and was "passed in a frenzy fueled by distorted judgment in the wake of a scandal that included the Lieutenant Governor's resignation."

It all started in April when the governor approved the ban on slot machines and Internet cafes. It was discovered before that that a charity tied to Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll was a front for Internet gambling. 

Florida previously had an abundant amount of Internet cafes, including Zapata's, which provided online services to migrant workers. 

Sources: FOX, Huffington Post