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Florida may have accidentally banned all computers and smartphones from the state

Posted By Enrique Manalang On July 10, 2013 @ 3:53 AM In General Tech | 6 Comments

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Because of a poorly worded bill that sought to ban internet cafes and slot machines from the state of Florida, lawmakers might have done the unthinkable: banned all computers and smartphones in the state.

Back in April of this year, Florida Governor Rick Scott approved the ban on internet cafes and slot machines. The 1,000 internet cafes in Florida were shut down shortly after, but it seems that the bill should’ve been looked at a little more closely before letting it take effect.

Owner of one of those internet cafes, Consuelo Zapata and her legal team discovered that Florida might have just banned pretty much every computer or device that connects to the internet:

The ban defines illegal slot machines as any “system or network of devices” that may be used in a game of chance.

You only need to read it once to see that the definition of the ban is quite broad. Which brings me to my question, did the lawmakers actually read this thing?

Zapata is now suing the state, hoping the court will deem the ban unconstitutional.

[via Huffington Post [2], image via Wesley Fryer [3]]

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