There is a new bill in the works that, if passed, will prohibit you from posting on social media immediately after witnessing a dangerous event.
House Bill 170, proposed by Representative John Carney, wants you to wait one hour before tweeting or Instagramming or Snapchatting or Facebooking or MySpacing or Tindering a car wreck or similar serious event. Anyone who doesn’t wait an hour before using social media will be fined up to one hundred dollars.
Read the entire stupid, unconstitutional bill for yourself:
(1) Any individual who witnesses an event that could reasonably result in a serious physical injury as defined in KRS 500.080 shall not post any information identifying the potential victims on the Internet or other electronic media until at least one (1) hour has passed from the moment the event was first witnessed.
(2) This section shall not apply to:
(a) The injured individual;
(b) Any member of the news media; or
(c) Any emergency responder responding to the event.
(3) Any individual who violates this section shall be fined not less than twenty dollars ($20) nor more than one hundred dollars ($100) for each offense.
With all due respect to Mr. Carney, who I’m sure is a fine Representative of House District 51 in Taylor and Adair counties, this is the dumbest thing I’ve seen since the end of the Bengals game Saturday night.
Two quick questions and then I’ll go back to living my life…
My first question is, does this apply to Alex Poythress dunks? Because I’d rather pay the fine than wait one hour to tweet all of those exclamation marks.
My second question is, is this really what our state legislators need to be focused on right now?
I have no further questions.