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Vermont state bill would ban cell phone use for anyone under 21-years-old

Posted at 1:14 PM, Jan 09, 2020

MONTPELIER, VT (WKBW) — A proposed bill in the Vermont state senate would ban people under 21-years-old from using a cell phone.

According to The Barre Montpelier Times Argus, the bill would make it a misdemeanor to those under 21-years-old to have a cell phone. Young adults caught with a cell phone could face up to a year behind bars and a $1,000 fine.

The bill says the Vermont Legislature concluded that if people under 21-years-old are not mature enough to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, and possess a gun, then they shouldn't be allowed to have a cell phone.

According to the Vermont newspaper, the state recently increased the smoking age to 21 and barred people under 21 from purchasing a gun unless they take a hunter safety course.

The bill was proposed by Vermont State Senator (D) John Rodgers. The senator told The Barre Montpelier Times Argus that he is trying to make a point and that he has, "no delusions that it’s going to pass. I wouldn’t probably vote for it myself."

According to the paper, Rodgers says he is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, and the state legislature is trying to take away those rights by increasing the legal age.