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.