A Massachusetts Democrat is pushing a bill that would making calling someone a "bitch" maliciously within the commonwealth illegal.
Individuals who use this word would face a fine of up to $150 for the first offense. For repeat offenders the punishment gets stiffer including up to six months imprisonment and a $200 fine or both.
The bill was introduced by Democratic representative Daniel J. Hunt. It is the only word in the English language that gets special consideration in Massachusetts.
"A person who uses the word ‘bitch' directed at another person to accost, annoy, degrade or demean the other person shall be considered to be a disorderly person," the bill says. "A violation of this subsection may be reported by the person to whom the offensive language was directed at or by any witness to such incident."
More on the story from Free Beacon:
Hunt told the Boston Herald that he filed the bill after being asked to do so by a constituent. "Any time a constituent approaches me with something that is of concern to them, I follow through with it," he said. "In this instance, someone asked me to file a bill that they deemed was important and I thought it was a good exercise to let that bill go through the process."
While critics charge that the bill likely violates the First Amendment, Hunt told the Herald that even if it does, his bill could "illuminate the exhaustive legislative process for people that might not normally be engaged."
The Massachusetts Republican Party mocked their counterparts for the bill. "Beacon Hill Democrats like [Dan Hunt] are fearlessly taking on the biggest problems facing the commonwealth," the state GOP said on Twitter, asking followers to attend the Judiciary Committee hearing if they "believe free speech matters."
Check out some of the responses on Twitter:
— MassGOP (@massgop) October 21, 2019
Do you believe free speech matters? Tired of @massdems dictating what you can say?
Judiciary Committee will be taking this up tomorrow at 1 pm.
— MassGOP (@massgop) October 22, 2019
Massachusetts just introduced a bill to ban the word “bitch”
Nothing like first amendment suppression to get the people going
— Joe Scotch (@WTPscotch) October 22, 2019
This is complete insanity. How could they possibly think jailing people for certain words is reasonable?
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