Colorado Bill Proposes LICENSING Web Sites; Fines of up to $5,000 Per Day for "Fake news, Hate Speech, undermining election integrity"

Colorado Bill Proposes LICENSING Web Sites; Fines of up to $5,000 Per Day for "Fake news, Hate Speech, undermining election integrity"

A BILL has been introduced into the Colorado State Senate which presumes to LICENSE WEB SITES and impose Misdemeanor fines of $5,000 a day for failing to register.

The BILL would allow "Hearings" and presumably administrative actions against ". . . practices that promote hate speech; undermine election integrity; disseminate intentional disinformation, conspiracy theories, or fake news . . .

From the Colorado state legislature web site:

BILL SUMMARY

 The bill creates the digital communications division (division) and the digital communications commission (commission) within the department of regulatory agencies. On an annual basis and for a reasonable fee determined by the commission, the division shall register digital communications platforms, which are certain communications-oriented online businesses, such as social media platforms or media-sharing platforms, that conduct business in Colorado or own or operate services that are offered to Colorado residents. A digital communications platform that fails to register with the division commits a class 2 misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 for each day that the violation continues.

The division shall investigate and the commission may hold hearings on claims filed with the division alleging that a digital communications platform has allowed a person to engage in one or more unfair or discriminatory digital communications practices on the platform, which practices:

 

  • Include practices that promote hate speech; undermine election integrity; disseminate intentional disinformation, conspiracy theories, or fake news; or authorize, encourage, or carry out violations of users' privacy; and
  • May include business, political, or social practices that are conducted in a manner that a person aggrieved by the practices can demonstrate are unfair or discriminatory to the aggrieved person. Such practices, if done in an unfair or discriminatory manner, might include:
  • Practices that target users for purposes of collecting and disseminating users' personal data, including users' sensitive data;
  • Profiling users based on their personal data collected;
  • Selling or authorizing others to use users' personal data to provide location-based advertising or targeted advertising; or
  • Using facial recognition software and other tracking technology.

 

If a person who files a complaint with the division exhausts all administrative remedies and proceedings, the person may file a civil action in district court alleging an unfair or discriminatory digital communications practice.

The Bill is sponsored by Senator Kathy Donovan, the Senate President Pro Tempore of Colorado, whose contact information is:

CONTACT INFORMATION

MAILING ADDRESS
200 E Colfax
RM 346
DenverCO 80203
United States
 
CAPITOL PHONE
303-866-4871

Hal Turner Editorial Opinion

No state can "License" a media outlet.  The First Amendment to the United States Constitution forbids Congress from passing any law which would abridge "freedom of speech or of the press" and the Supreme Court has held the First Amendment applies to states. 

A "License" is issued when a person wishes to do something which would be ILLEGAL to do without a license, and no state has the ability to make a media outlet illegal on its face. 

Moreover, a state cannot regulate Interstate Commerce which this BILL would attempt to do for "services offered to residents of Colorado."  That power of regulating Interstate commerce is delegated solely and exclusively to Congress pursuant to the US Constitution Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3  which gives Congress the power “to regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian.

The real intent of this BILL is very clear and it fits perfectly with what Democrat tyrants like Senate President Pro Tempore Kathy Donovan would just LOVE to be able to do: 

  • Include practices that promote hate speech; undermine election integrity; disseminate intentional disinformation, conspiracy theories, or fake news; or authorize, encourage, or carry out violations of users' privacy; and

Of course, it would be the same DEMOCRATS who would be the ones deciding what constitutes "hate speech (truthful facts that are inconvenient to Democrats or which reveal real-life reputations that Democrats whine as being Stereotypes, Unless, of course, the comments are made by members of protected libtard groups.), disinformation (anything the Democrats get caught doing that's embarrassing, or any factual data they dislike), Conspiracy theories (which is when the public catches government actually doing bad things in secret and those things get revealed) or . . .  the really big one . . . . "fake news" which the Democrats view as anything they don't like being out in public, especially when they've been openly caught doing it, like stealing the November 3, 2020 Presidential Election in certain states, which begot us our illegitimate President and Vice President.)

Kathy Donovan's BILL is what you get when really stupid people are elected into positions of actual power.   The voters in her district must be especially stupid for allowing this kind of political nitwit to get into office.  House values in that district should be driven down because the voters there are apparently idiots.

It seems to me that Kathy Donovan would have been a good "Party Hack" for that German guy with a funny mustache a few decades back.

As for this BILL, well . . . the First Amendment can be protected by the Second Amendment.  Or is it no longer permissible to speak that inconvenient Constitutional truth anymore?  You've got to wonder when Democrats are involved!

Here is a direct link to the actual Bill from the Colorado State Legislature web site: CLICK HERE

 

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