VT Senator Introduces Bill Prohibiting Cell Phone Possession Under Age 21

Sandy Malone

Vermont State Senator John Rodgers introduced a bill that would prohibit people under 21 from having cell phones.

Montpelier, VT – A Democratic Vermont state senator has introduced legislation banning cell phones for people under 21 in order to make a point about banning guns.

"It's more to prove a point," Vermont State Senator John Rodgers told WCAX. "If we're going to allow 18-year-olds to vote and join the military and such, they should have all the rest of the rights."

Rodgers' proposed legislation pointed out that cell phone use while driving has become the number one cause of death for U.S. teens.

He also called attention to the fact that young people have used cell phones to threaten and bully others, as well as to commit horrible crimes, The Barre Montpelier Times Argus reported.

“The Internet and social media, accessed primarily through cell phones, are used to radicalize and recruit terrorists, fascists, and other extremists. Cell phones have often been used by mass shooters of younger ages for research on previous shootings,” the bill read.

The proposed law said the Vermont legislature had decided the law that said people under 21 “aren’t mature enough” to have firearms, cigarettes, and alcohol should also be applied to cell phone usage, The Barre Montpelier Times Argus reported.

“I have no delusions that it’s going to pass,” Rodgers said. “I wouldn’t probably vote for it myself.”

But the senator said he was trying to make a point to a state legislature that “seems bent on taking away our Second Amendment rights,” according to The Barre Montpelier Times Argus.

Rodgers said that data in the proposed legislation proved that cell phones were much more dangerous than guns.

Voices for Vermont’s Children Executive Director Michelle Fay released a statement that expressed her disappointment at seeing lawmakers waste time on pointless bills, The Barre Montpelier Times Argus reported.

“There are so many critical issues impacting the lives of working families in Vermont today, from increasing minimum wage to implementing equitable family and medical leave insurance programs to establishing an office of child advocate. We urge the Legislature to focus on the important work at hand instead of getting tied up in hollow diversions,” Fay said.

She also said she wouldn’t support a law that banned cell phones for people under 21, The Barre Montpelier Times Argus reported.

Fay said parents needed to be able to get in touch with their children via cell phone and suggested giving juveniles more conflict resolution skills and making them feel more accountable.

Comments (31)
flybynight
flybynight

Someone with a IQ lower than 21 shouldn't be allowed to be a state senator. On the other hand he is a liberal so never mind.

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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Great point. If they're taking away privileges from 18 year olds for ridiculous reasons, 18 should no longer be considered old enough to serve without parental consent.

K-9 319
K-9 319

Where in hell are these idiots coming from. Do any of them have the sense that God gave a rock ? I'm pretty sure the answer is no, and I doubt this man could pass a mental evaluation.

JBoH
JBoH

Gonna have to be 21 to own a computer too...since you can make phone calls using a computer.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

"Rodgers' proposed legislation pointed out that cell phone use while driving has become the number one cause of death for U.S. teens.

He also called attention to the fact that young people have used cell phones to threaten and bully others, as well as to commit horrible crimes"

The cell phone use while driving is already against the law, so scratch that.

As far as "to threaten and bully others, as well as to commit horrible crimes", the texts and recording of the threats & horrible crimes are a perfect body of evidence on whatever crimes are committed!

Moktor
Moktor

Some of you are not reading what he said, lol. Good job for those of you proving reading comprehension is lacking in today's society.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Party: Democrat

[They like to regulate legal stuff that really people should regulate without government legislation - it's called parents and rules and self-control]

JOHN S. RODGERS of Glover, Orleans County, Democrat. John was raised in Glover on the family dairy farm; he was the fifth generation to grow up on the farm. He graduated from Sacred Heart, Newport, VT, (1983) and from New Hampshire Vocational Technical College, Berlin, NH, (Associates Degree 1985). After college John started a construction business, JS Rodgers Masonry Inc., specializing in dry stonework and excavation. He served eight years in the VT House of Representatives; he was the Collector of Delinquent Taxes for many years in Glover and coached youth soccer. He is a member of the NRA, Barton Area Chamber of Commerce, and served as the Director to Shadow Lake Association, Glover, VT. In 2008, John received the Crime Victim Service Award. He is married to Brenda Rodgers, a nurse at the NVR Hospital, and they have two boys.

DR226
DR226

At least he's pro second amendment it seems.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Good point

Stanracer
Stanracer

Ahhh...ok

colonelorville
colonelorville

I don't see where this can solve anything. Can't someone invent a cell phone that won't work inside a car? OnStar seems like the best idea, where you can push a button while keeping yours eyes and ears on your driving while reporting an emergency or contacting someone if necessary.

An American
An American

He hits most of the reasons - cell phones are more dangerous than firearms, and the lack of responsibility most people under 30 have increases the problems of our society. This is the most adult advice I've seen from a Democrat in years.

RussellSR
RussellSR

The majority of these posts demonstrate a leap to judgment without reading the article closely. "“I have no delusions that it’s going to pass,” Rodgers said. “I wouldn’t probably vote for it myself.” But the senator said he was trying to make a point to a state legislature that “seems bent on taking away our Second Amendment rights,” according to The Barre Montpelier Times Argus.


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