Well, well, well, it seems like Florida is at it again, making headlines for all the wrong reasons. This time, they’re proposing a bill that would require bloggers to register with the state and pay a fee if they dare to write anything that could be considered “journalistic.”
That’s right, folks, if you want to express your opinions on the internet and happen to live in the Sunshine State, you might soon have to cough up some dough to exercise your First Amendment rights. And we’re not talking pocket change here, either. According to the proposed legislation, the fee could be as much as $900.
Now, I don’t know about you, but to me, this sounds like a load of gator dung. Who are these politicians to tell us what we can and can’t say on the internet? Last time I checked, we live in a democracy, not a dictatorship.
But here’s the kicker: the bill doesn’t even define what constitutes “journalistic” writing. So, basically, if some bureaucrat in Tallahassee doesn’t like what you’re saying, they can just slap you with a fine and call it a day.
I mean, come on, Florida. You’re better than this. Aren’t you supposed to be the land of sunshine, beaches, and retirees playing shuffleboard? What’s next, requiring a license to use a hashtag? Sheesh.
So, if you’re as fed up with this nonsense as I am, I urge you to speak out against this bill. Let your voice be heard and tell these politicians that we won’t stand for this kind of censorship. And while you’re at it, why not show us some love by following TodayOnIT on LinkedIn? We promise not to charge you a dime for our witty commentary.
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