State Representative Vic Williams said the bill never intended to put Internet trolls in jail, but was merely an amendment to an old statute to include new digital means of communication
Arizona’s House Bill 2549 was recently introduced as an update to the state’s telephone harassment law. This new bill would have made it a crime to harass, offend or annoy others on the Internet via electronic devices like computers, tablets, and smartphones.
H.B. 2549 quickly grabbed a lot of negative attention, mainly because the bill was not limited to one-on-one communications; rather, it covered a broad part of the internet, such as comments on websites and cartoons. If the state found any writing or cartoons offensive, those responsible would be thrown in jail. According to Gizmodo, trolling could throw someone in jail for 25 years.
The following is a paragraph from H.B. 2549: