“I love it when a plan comes together” – Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith
The classic line by the Colonel was at the top of our minds
when we saw the Maine Joint Judiciary Committee vote unanimously to repeal the
Maine Predatory Marketing Act last week.
The law was the number one offender on NetChoice’s iAwful list and widely seen as a threat to free speech and online information. The iAwful list ranks the top state and federal laws that are a threat to online speech and Internet commerce.
While the Act had the best of intentions (helping to keep
minors safe online) it was written in such a way that both the state’s Attorney
General and the U.S. District Court of Maine publically warned of its first amendment
Steve DelBianco of NetChoice
travelled to Maine to testify before an emergency hearing called by House and
Senate leadership following the District Court’s warning on the law’s constitutionality. In his testimony,
DelBianco provided legislators with concrete, real world examples of how the
act would unleash a torrent of litigation and block teen’s access to important
online health and educational information.
The committee’s decision to repeal the act is a great example of citizen advocacy in action. Congratulations to our partners at NetChoice and the people of Maine for proactively defending their rights.
Now, on to our next iAwful targets!
By: David Mack