Middleboro, Massachusetts Bans Profanity, Swearing Carries $20 Fine

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The town of Middleboro, Massachusetts has approved a proposal from the town’s police chief to impose a $20 fine on public profanity, by a 183-50 vote by residents.

The town also approved of a $300 fine for smoking marijuana and fines of $20-$50 for disorderly conduct, reports the Patriot Ledger.

Middleboro Police Chief Bruce Gates did not list any swear words, but said the fines would come down to police discretion. 

He added that swearing fines would not be given to people cursing inside a sports bar or someone randomly yelling one out loud in frustration.

After pushing for the law, Police Chief Bruce Gates told the Patriot Ledger: “I don’t see an issue, we have a lot of things to do. This is not a priority.”

The town also voted against a proposal that would require voter ID by a 106 to 78 margin. Voter ID laws have bene shown to disenfranchise voters, especially minorities, the elderly and the disabled.


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