Lawmaker wants to tax porn users to help fund the border wall

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By Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | Arizona Mirror

A GOP lawmaker has a novel idea for how a border wall with Mexico should be funded: Force every Arizonan who wants to access pornographic material on an electronic device to pay $20.

Republican Rep. Gail Griffin, R-Hereford, has introduced House Bill 2444, which would make “distributors” of devices that allow access to the internet install software to make the offending material not viewable. To remove the blocking software, a person would have to pay the state $20.

Those distributors, which include both manufacturers and retailers, would also be able to impose their own fees for removing the blocker.

“It’s pretty clearly unconstitutional,” said Mike Stabile, a spokesman for the Free Speech Coalition. The Free Speech Coalition is a non-profit that lobbies on behalf of the adult entertainment industry.

The bill is not something new to the adult entertainment industry, but “the border wall twist is new,” Stabile said.

Similar bills have been proposed in recent years in Virginia, Kentucky, Alabama, Utah, Rhode Island and South Carolina.

The bill also appears to be connected to a prominent anti-gay activist who is most famously known for attempting to marry his computer in protest over gay marriage.

Griffin was not available to comment on HB2444.

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