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Lawmaker not pushing porn tax for border wall bill

By: - January 23, 2019 11:08 am

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The lawmaker behind the bill that aimed to tax pornographic material to, among other things, build a border wall with Mexico has said she won’t let it advance in the Legislature.

Rep. Gail Griffin, R-Hereford, introduced House Bill 2444 last week, which would make “distributors” of devices that allow access to the internet install software to block access to obscene material. To remove the blocking software, a person would have to pay $20 to the Arizona Commerce Authority.

Representative Griffin is not letting this bill go anywhere so there is no story at this time,” Stacey Farrell, an assistant to Griffin said in an email to the Arizona Mirror.

Griffin told Capitol Media Services Tuesday that the bill was not her idea but it came from an unnamed constituent. Griffin also stated that due to media scrutiny she didn’t see the bill going anywhere.

Similar bills have been proposed in recent years in Virginia, Kentucky, Alabama, Utah, Rhode Island and South Carolina.

The bill also appears to be connected to a prominent anti-gay activist who is most famously known for attempting to marry his computer in protest over gay marriage.

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Jerod MacDonald-Evoy
Jerod MacDonald-Evoy

Reporter Jerod MacDonald-Evoy joins the Arizona Mirror from the Arizona Republic, where he spent 4 years covering everything from dark money in politics to Catholic priest sexual abuse scandals. Jerod has also won awards for his documentary films which have covered issues such as religious tolerance and surveillance technology used by police. He brings strong watchdog sensibilities and creative storytelling skills to the Arizona Mirror.

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