A Democratic state senator in Vermont has proposed a bill to ban cellphone use for all persons under the age of 21 years old.
The bill, introduced Thursday by Sen. John Rodgers to the Judiciary Committee, would make the possession of a cellphone a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to one year in prison, a $1,000 fine, or both, WPTZ-TV reported. . .
He also highlights the role cellphones play in teen bullying, which often leads to suicides, internet radicalization of “terrorists, fascists, and other extremists,” and the use of the internet on cellphones by teenage mass shooters to research previous shootings.
“In light of the dangerous and life-threatening consequences of cell phone 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,” Rodgers argues in the text of the bill. . .
Several states have passed bills restricting cellphone use while driving for persons under 21 years of age, but Rodgers’ bill marks the first time legislation has been drawn up to ban cellphone use in its entirety. (Read more from “Senator Wants to Ban Cellphone Use for People Under 21 – Here’s Why” HERE)