Florida Gov. Rick Scott Might Have Banned All Computers And Smart Phones In His State


If you are reading this article in Florida, you could be breaking state law.

No, the Sunshine State does not have a grudge against reading this website in particular, but a recently passed bill is being appealed on the grounds that it could be interpreted as a ban of all devices that can access the internet, according to The Huffington Post.

Per the report:

In April, Florida Gov. Rick Scott approved a ban on slot machines and internet cafes after a charity tied to Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll was shut down on suspicion of being an internet gambling front — forcing Carroll, who had consulted with the charity, to resign.

Florida's 1,000 internet cafes were shut down immediately, including Miami-Dade's Incredible Investments, LLC, a café that provides online services to migrant workers, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The owner, Consuelo Zapata, is now suing the state after her legal team found that the ban was so hastily worded that it can be applied to any computer or device connected to the internet, according to a copy of the complaint obtained by The Miami Herald.

The ban defines illegal slot machines as “any system or network of devices” that can be used in a game of chance. Since computers connected to the internet could be interpreted as “a network of devices” and it’s not hard to find games of chance — for money or fun — on the web, this law clearly poses some constructional problems, which is what the law firm of Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine is arguing.

Sources: The Huffington Post, The Miami Herald


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